Cherry Hall Table

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Project by Halc posted 09-19-2016 01:35 AM 850 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s solid cherry with soft maple for the drawers. I used draw-bored mortises and tenons to attach the legs and aprons. The top has breadboard ends and the drawers have half-blind dovetails at the front and through dovetails at the back. I also made my own drawer pulls.

During final prep of the shelf I discovered a check in the end of one of the boards. I used a butterfly patch on the bottom side as a repair.

The last photo shows the table upside down just after I attached the top and the shelf. Earlier in the build I decided to use a fifth leg to help support the weight of the drawers. It’s on a screw and is adjustable. The drawers are close to the floor and the fifth leg won’t show.

The finish is two coats of a 1 lb. cut of Zinsser Sealcoat followed by several coats of General Finishes satin Arm R Seal.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 11:30 AM

Nice table. Good looking dovetails in the drawers.!!


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#2 posted 09-19-2016 01:26 PM

Beautiful piece. Love the joinery. What did you use for finish, if you don’t mind sharing?

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 01:40 PM

very nice

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 01:52 PM

Thank you Jim and Twegs. I did not use a stain, but I worked on the project over the span of a couple of months this summer. As a result, the cherry darkened quite a bit on its own before the final finish. I sanded to 220 grit then brushed on two coats of the Zinsser Sealcoat diluted 50-50 with denatured alcohol. I sanded lightly between coats. Next I brushed on a couple of coats of gloss polyurethane on the top and shelf, sanding between coats. Then I started using General Finishes satin gel wipe on polyurethane. I liked it for everything but the top and shelf. I couldn’t finish those parts without some streaking. I ended up using several coats of Arm R Seal, sanding with 320 grit between coats.

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 02:04 PM

Can’t see any streaking from the pictures; it looks fantastic which is why I asked how you did it. I’m sure from your perspective any streaks stand out like lights. It’s a great piece.

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 03:06 PM

That’s a great looking table and only going to get better with age.

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 04:25 PM

Very nice work! You executed it very well. I like the 5th leg, and putting it on a screw is ingenious! Floors never seem to be flat, so that solves that problem! Did you use a plan? The proportions look very good to me.

-- Pete

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#9 posted 09-19-2016 05:35 PM

This is built to last!

Fifth leg, top attachment buttons galore, DTs front and back, built better than the tree it came from.

Excellent work Halc!

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#10 posted 09-19-2016 07:29 PM

This is a beautiful table and so nicely done.

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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#11 posted 09-19-2016 10:24 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. I am always impressed by this community’s positive approach to evaluating the work of its members.

PPK – I drew my own plans, some by hand and some using SketchUp. My wife thought we needed a place for guests to set down purses and keys when they entered our home. I did a Google search to get some ideas and we settled on one that had two drawers right under the top and a lower shelf near the floor. We thought we would most likely use the shelf more than we would the drawers, so I moved the drawers down near the floor and put the shelf above the drawers.

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#12 posted 09-19-2016 10:49 PM

Very nice looking workmanship. Great finish, gives a really nice warmth to the wood.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#13 posted 09-19-2016 11:40 PM

A gorgeous piece! Great job.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#14 posted 09-20-2016 11:27 AM

Very nice piece. I love the handles and the dovetails on the drawers.


-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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#15 posted 09-21-2016 03:17 PM

Very nice!

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