Monster Hall Tree

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Project by TheWoodHack posted 03-24-2016 04:31 PM 1859 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the first time I have ever designed and built a project from scratch. In the past, most of my projects have come directly off of a set of plans or I modified plans to fit my needs. With this project, I talked to my wife and asked what she would like me to build. She wanted a hall tree bench for our entry way.
I used a high quality cherry veneered plywood for the top and bottom carcass construction. For the face frames, and doors, I used solid cherry. I resawed 4/4 cherry to make book matched door panels. One of the boards had some nice figure in it. I tried to show that in one of the pictures, but it never shows as well in the picture.
One thing I was struggling with for the entire build was how to make the barn-door hardware. I knew I could make the metal parts out of 1 1/4″ steel from Home Depot, but the wheels were stumping me. I bought some black casters and tried to make a groove in them to ride on the track, but that didn’t work out well. First of all, it was very unsafe. I was using the table saw and on 2 occasions, the blade caught the wheel and threw it across the shop. I ended up scrapping the black rubber casters and making some out of the same cherry that I used on the project. I had a 2″ hole saw that worked perfectly. To make the v-groove on the wheels, I set up my router table with a v bit that was mostly buried in the table. Only about 3/16″ was showing. It was much safer and produced a better product.
Overall, I am very happy with how the project turned out. I am a huge fan of cherry and this is the second project in a row where I have used it. It’s extremely easy to work with and finishes beautifully. I have a more comprehensive write-up with more pictures on my blog post about it.

Thanks for looking.


-- Mike, Las Vegas,

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 06:14 PM

very nice..

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#2 posted 03-25-2016 02:00 AM

Very nice, great use of barn doors.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-25-2016 09:28 AM

Beautiful job

-- Vince

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#4 posted 03-25-2016 12:10 PM

Mike, this is a wonderful piece and so nicely done. It’s a great piece for people to see when entering your home. It will give them a nice and inviting welcome.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 03-25-2016 12:23 PM

Looks great. Really like the doors.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 03-25-2016 12:44 PM

Beautiful piece, love the barn doors.

-- Doug...

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#7 posted 03-25-2016 01:06 PM

That is great. I am in the process of working with a customer to make something like that. Did you use the plank panels from Lowe’s for the back?

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#8 posted 03-25-2016 01:25 PM

looks great

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#9 posted 03-25-2016 01:42 PM

That is great. I am in the process of working with a customer to make something like that. Did you use the plank panels from Lowe s for the back?

- ChadRat6458

ChadRat6458, I used T&G cedar from Home Depot for the back. I’m sure it’s the same thing at Lowe’s. I was originally going to build the whole thing out of cedar and make it really rustic. But I really like cherry so I spent the extra money and went that route. Thanks for the comment.

-- Mike, Las Vegas,

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#10 posted 03-25-2016 02:18 PM

Unique design ,I like it a lot .great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 03-25-2016 03:52 PM

Lowes has the planks in pine. I have seen them in oak on line. Expensive though $100 a pack. They sure do look cool.

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#12 posted 03-25-2016 04:06 PM

Beautiful work. Love the cherry … and love the inset doors. I recently tackled a project with inset doors for the first time and have learned to really appreciate well-engineered inset doors!

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