Hall Table

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Project by BobR posted 07-04-2007 12:11 PM 2366 views 15 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought that I better make another post before I disappear for a few months. We are moving into our coldest months now, so it is time to hitch up the caravan(trailer) and head north to a warmer climate. Will return in time for Christmas. However, that is not what this post is about.

A couple of months age a friend of ours asked if I could make her a small hall table similar to one she had seen. The timber was to be Tasmanian blackwood. She had just moved into a new house and the table could not be longer than 600mm ( ~24”) in length. Outside those guide lines the design was up to me. The finish is wipe on polly with a natural wax finish.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 07-04-2007 12:17 PM

what a beautiful table! Nicely done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 07-04-2007 01:37 PM

Bob, Nice job on the table. That wood is beautiful too. Your friend should be very happy and appreciative for your excellent design and craftsmanship.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 07-04-2007 01:38 PM

Great design, good proportion. I sometimes have a tendency to make the legs too big and bulky. Is Tasmanian Blackwood a popular building material in Australia?

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#4 posted 07-04-2007 03:17 PM

I love that table!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 07-04-2007 03:31 PM

Chris, to quote from Forest Trees of Australia.

....One of the best hardwoods for bending. Availability of sound, large logs is limited and the timber is mainly used for sliced veneer, especially on paarticleboard, for cabinetwork and furniture. The wood takes a high polish…...

-- Bob

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#6 posted 07-04-2007 05:25 PM

Beautiful table – well done! I really like the timber you have in Australia.


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#7 posted 07-04-2007 05:30 PM

Bob That is one nice table. I like it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 07-04-2007 06:24 PM

I like the look of this table. A nice job Bob.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#9 posted 07-04-2007 10:24 PM

Another beaut from Oz, Bob. I love the delicate look of the table created by the arched aprons and tapered legs. Nice traditional joinery.

Bob, I’m assuming that when you speak of 600mm, you are talking about th depth (from the wall) of this table not the width. Do I have this correct?

Oh, about caravaning north, what’s the matter, Mate, I thought you Sydneysiders were real men? Why not come down and enjoy a real Aussie winter? LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#10 posted 07-04-2007 11:32 PM


Great table. Good proportions and excellent workmanship.

And great looking wood.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 07-05-2007 05:56 AM

Great design and craftsmanship.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 07-05-2007 11:08 AM

Thanks everyone for the generous remarks.

Don, the original design was for a table 1200mm (~48”) long and 250mm deep. As mentioned above, I was advised that it could be no longer than 900 mm (measurements at start of thread are wrong – sorry). To improve the proportions with the shorter length, the depth was changed to 300mm (~12”), and the height reduced to 735mm (~29”). The front apron is 710mm (~28”) and is 45mm (~1 3/4”) at the top of the arch.

As for coming down. My family is full of live cowards. Whilst in the RAAF I spent two stints in Melbourne. The only place I have been where you can get all four seasons in the one day along with sun, wind, and rain :-)
So I will pass for now.

-- Bob

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#13 posted 07-05-2007 01:13 PM

The first think I thought of was the piano bench my wife wants me to make. Actually that was the second, I first thought how well proportioned it was and so easy to look at.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#14 posted 07-05-2007 03:41 PM

So simple yet elegant!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 07-14-2007 06:46 AM

Beautiful table. Thanks for the construction photos. We need more of these.

-- John

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