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This Hall Table is inspired by the classic Shaker Night Stand, with the addition of two drawers, an increase in height by two inches, and extending the side overhang to provide balance. I think the design is truly classically understated with a timeless quality.
Primarily made from Honduras Mahogany, the drawer fronts are Birdseye Maple, inlaid to the legs is Ancient Red Gum with matching drawer pulls, the drawer bodies are salvaged quarter sawn Elm from Melbourne
This was my first attempt at French polish with the assistance of Alastair Boell from Melbourne Guild of Fine Furniture. I am extremely pleased with the result, and super impressed with using Shellac!
A brief word on the Ancient Red Gum inlay. This ornamentation came about from a "happy accident". After milling the legs to the size of the Shaker Night Stand, I realised the Hall Stand should be taller. The "inlay" actually hides a joined leg extension so that the height of the table could be increased to a more appropriate height for the hall. Fortunately I was able to grain match these extensions such that they are almost indistinguishable from their respective legs - but look closely!

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I really like this. It has simple clean lines and beautiful wood selection. The joinery is superb. What else can I say.
 

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wow, that is absolutely gorgeous, awesome selection of wood

thanks for sharing.
Rj in az
 

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Beautiful wood and slender lines. Very nice work.
 

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Just like the Shaker piece you modeled it after it's squeaky clean lines make it glorious in it's simplicity. You dressed yours up a bit more than the Brethren would have, but it's still a keeper. I really like the overhang of the top. The pics probably don't do the French polish justice. In that pic across the drawer fronts, that glancing light gives us a glimpse, looks like glass.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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That is simply stunning. All the different elements came together seamlessly.
 

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Love this! It is a classic design. I like the mistake into improvement…it's happend to me more than I can count. Joints are perfect. Nice work.
 

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Beautiful….....well done!
 

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This is really nice; clean lines and well proportioned.
 

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Simple lines, great joinery, and absolutely beautiful! Great job!
 

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Gorgeous!! That is a real work of art! Awesome design, perfect dovetail work, and flawless finish…thanks for showing!
 

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Beautiful work with beautiful wood. Simple yet elegant. Excellent work all the way around!
 

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Elegant!
 

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Really great work. Did you follow any plans, or go from your own design? Love the finish and dovetails.
 

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Really great work. Did you follow any plans, or go from your own design? Love the finish and dovetails.

- bobasaurus
Thank you. Just followed the Shaker Night Stand, but added two additional drawers. Cut the legs to suit a night stand - realised this was too short for a Hall Table - hence the inlay and extension, the overhang on the ends was extended for balance.
 

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Just like your night stands. That is a seriously elegant piece.
 

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Just like your night stands. That is a seriously elegant piece.

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Thank Bob, much appreciated
 

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WOW!
Simple, elegant, beautiful, and inspiring. The Birdseye Maple fronts are astounding. I love how you extended your table legs. It amazes me how errors or afterthoughts in this craft often make for more interesting pieces… Happens to me a lot, since I can't visualize anything unique until I practically trip over it…it's process versus plan, but with silver linings.
Favorited, and deservedly so…..enjoy!
 
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