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The build of this table was partially inspired from a similar table by Mike Pekovich (FWW #263 sep/oct 2017). I always look forward to his write-ups since he makes stuff I like 8^).

Other style influences came from several sources, anyway it was a fun build!

The dimensions are 36"w x 17"d x 28"h, materials are cherry with walnut aprons. The legs are 1-1/2" square

I re-sawed the top from a slab of cherry to get the necessary width and color/grain match. In the Pekovich piece, he uses sliding dovetails to join the top to the base. I did the same, but the top got a slight warp that the dovetails would not correct. I ended up adding tabbed blocks to pull the top flush. Next time I'll just use standard screws though the cross pieces and be done with it. Wayyyy easier!

Design elements are the arched aprons and corresponding curves in the leg tops. This same curve is applied to the ends of the top. You can't really see it, but it does soften up the look. The 7/8" thick top also has a 5 degree undercut around the perimeter.

A walnut spline was used between the two halves of the top. You can see it in the last photo.

Table supports are through-morticed into the aprons which are bridal joined into the legs.
I added the walnut aprons for some contrast.

To get the cherry dark, I left the parts in the sun for a week then used BLO for a finish. The top coats are Mohawk vinyl sealer and satin pre-cat lacquer.

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Gorgeous table.
 

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Great looking table. I especially like the walnut splines and the tapered front/back rails as well as the way the aprons are set into the leg with the bridle joint. The details at the corners where the legs, aprons, and rails come together really stand out. The curves and under cut are so subtle that you don't really see them at first glance but they make enough of a difference that you go back for a second look to figure out what is different.
 

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That is freaking amazing my friend. Great Job and thanks for continually inspiring me with your artistry!
 

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Beautiful table, Bruce!!

Jim
 

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Splint, you sure do some mighty fine work. If you raise the bar any higher, I'll have to get a ladder just to look at your handiwork. :)
 

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Splintergroup , nice job and congratulations on your 'Daily Top 3' award.
 

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Very nice, a lot of nice design elements in a cohesive piece. We'll done!
 

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Really nice work there. I noted the arch on the front apron, wasn't sure on the sides. It makes it Airy looking, like the top has no weight. Very nice, totally not my style, but it is very well done, and I can appreciate the work. I'm also taken with the finish, it certainly has one, but it's not a feature, just makes it look natural. Like it grew on the wood.

I'm on the edge about the Walnut. I can appreciate it being there, but were it all Cherry I think I would still like it a lot.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.
 

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I see those subtle curves and agree about the added softness. You didn't fool me! I really enjoyed the same FWW article and glad to see that someone has made, evolved and shared the design. For some reason hall tables are really fun to make. I think it is because all the work pieces are manageable in size, but when assembled add up to something that occupies a significant volume of space, and says a lot about your artistic intentions, and personal craftsmanship. I thought the sliding dovetail for the top being joined was genius. I really like the sublties that you have added. I tihink it is fun for furniture to keep giving levels of detail the more you look at it… as if the more you look the more you discover, but it has to be discovered by the discerning eye. It attracts the person who wants to keep discovering levels of detail without being kicked in the face by all of it at once. Gorgeous! If you have a moment check out some of the hall tables that have been occupying my imagination on my project page…. thanks for posting, you made checking out the projects page enjoyably worth it today!
 

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This is a beautiful table and I love the wood.
 

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I really like this in Cherry and the Walnut adds a nice touch.
I've had a Hall Table on the to do list and seeing yours in Cherry inspires me to move it up.
 

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Thanks Grumpy, Jim, Steve

Really nice work there. I noted the arch on the front apron, wasn t sure on the sides. It makes it Airy looking, like the top has no weight. Very nice, totally not my style, but it is very well done, and I can appreciate the work. I m also taken with the finish, it certainly has one, but it s not a feature, just makes it look natural. Like it grew on the wood.
The end rails are straight, I had though about putting in an arch, but was getting bored 8^)

I don't really like "glass" like finishes unless the wood or project really goes with it. They can look a bit too "plastic" if not done carefully.
In this case, I tried to keep the close-to-the-wood finish where the pores still add texture to the surface and basically just let the finish protect the wood and not anything more. For the top, however I wanted to see how far I could take the lacquer and went with a full sanding to 4000.
 

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Charles,James, Dennis, Doug, Dan, always appreciated!

Jamie,
It was actually your recent table posts that led me to first start considering the floating top. I wish I had access to the same materials you do!

The sliding dovetails in the Pekovich article drew my attention since I had never used them to secure table top before.

They were actually quite easy to make as once I had the router set up, everything went smoothly without my usual catastrophies showing up. Even though the DT keeps the table flat to the battens, there needs to be some clearance to allow for the top to slide into place. When my top started to slightly warp, that clearance allowed it. I see that with the QSWO Pekovich used, the warping just doesn't usually happen so indeed it is a clever technique.

The bad thing is no one will ever know it is there and at least in this case some screws through the battens are about 100x faster to implement 8^)
 
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