Hall Table

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Project by JohnEinNJ posted 11-21-2013 01:26 AM 1262 views 2 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Table for our remodeled sunporch, patterned after Narrow room next to the living room; it’s extra narrow behind the fireplace, which is where we needed the table. It’s made from reclaimed hemlock purchased from a nearby barn recycler ( They jointed and planed it for me, since I don’t have the equipment for that (or the skills to do it by hand). Front apron is doweled to legs, side apron attached with pocket screws (last picture). Top is made from 3 boards, edges eased with sander. Middle board is fastened to a cleat, end boards fastened via L-shaped “sliders” in an effort to allow the wood to expand (also last picture). Finish is Minwax English Chestnut with 3 coats of Varathane water-base satin Poly, lightly sanded @ 220 between coats.

Things I wish I’d done differently:

1. Remembered to alternate the end grain directions on the top to lessen warping.
2. Had less of an overhang, so base could so a better job of holding down warping top.

Advice sought:

1. The top is 12 inches; roughly, how much should I expect it to expand?
2. The urethane finish is uneven. Should I hit with more 220 using my ROS, and give it one more coat?

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 01:36 AM

Nice looking hall table.


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