Hall Table in Curly Maple and Cherry

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Project by barringerfurniture posted 01-11-2014 01:37 AM 4083 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks. Wanted to share my recent build – a hall table to match my bookcase in Curly maple and Cherry. The drawer interior on this is reclaimed vertical grain DF that was left over from my trestle bench. I’ve been trying to decide on a wood that I can use more or less across the board for all my drawer interiors and I think I like clear DF for this. I love the way it looks in most cases and I don’t see a lot of other makers use it for drawers. However, I’m not sure how I feel about its contrast to a maple drawer front. I know it would look good with Cherry or Walnut or Mahogany though.

The finish on this is two coats of GF Arm-r-Seal Satin followed by two coats of Minwax Paste Wax, buffed with 0000 steel wool to a satin sheen. I struggle with the GF wipe-on poly beginning with the third coat always. That’s when the friction streaks seem to start showing up despite multiple experiments. Have some work to do there. But I’m really really happy with the Minwax paste wax. I think the top on this looks really classy after those two coats buffed out.

Top was planed by hand to about 7/8” and I still struggle with BB ends. These came out pretty good though I think.

Not much more to say about it. Questions and critique always welcome. Thanks for all the positive support and advice in the past.

Happy woodworking!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 04:17 AM

Such beautiful workmanship, and well proportioned too…

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 12:41 PM

Beautiful table, excellent attention to detail. Great combination of two beautiful woods, cherry & maple. The breadboard ends look very nice – very well made. Have a question about these; how to you design for the inevitable wood movement, fit the breadboard when the main slab is has some moisture so shrinkage leaves the breadboard proud?, or vice versa?, or pay no attention to this?
Thanks for showing, beautiful craftsmanship.

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 01:42 PM

Thanks exelectrician and Oldtool.

Regarding the BB ends: I cut their ends perfectly flush with the rest of the table. Just run the whole thing through a table saw before mounting. Even in these pictures, though it’s hard to tell, the BB ends are about 1/64” proud of the slab. That movement happened just in the time between running the whole top, BB ends and all, through the table saw and snapping the photos (around 3-4 days).

I personally like the way BB ends look after movement has happened and they aren’t flush anymore. I’ve heard some people try to compensate for it. I don’t see the point. I think furniture looks better after it’s been lived on for a few years (or decades). It has more life, character.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#4 posted 01-11-2014 01:49 PM

great looking table.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-11-2014 07:32 PM


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#6 posted 01-11-2014 11:00 PM

Very nice, great wood combination, really like the breadboard ends, very clean look.

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#7 posted 01-12-2014 04:26 AM

That’s a really nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#8 posted 01-12-2014 07:25 PM

Excellent build. Added to favorites. Love your table.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 01-13-2014 02:20 AM

Awesome project, really like the choice in materials.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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#10 posted 01-15-2014 03:34 PM

Fine looking piece of furniture. Great design, wood combo and finish. Excellent job!

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 03:29 AM

Thanks everyone! Any opinions about the Doug Fir for a drawer interior? Pretty sure I’m going to make this my standard drawer wood.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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