The Handy Hall Table

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 11-03-2010 12:39 AM 1059 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Haven’t posted anything in a while, but here’s a hall table I made for a friend in red oak. The finish is Zinnser Red Mahogany (might be good for some people, but it’s a pain in the posterior for me to use) with wipe on poly. As you can see, it’s got a hidden drawer in the bottom with a hidden latch. It also has a keyed lock in the back in case there are kids in the house. The little wooden thingies that are empty will hold 10 thirty round clips. I think the reason they are empty is because his wife has a temper…j/k. Anyhow, this thing might just keep your piece hidden just in case your house gets broken into or handy just for quick access if a problem arises. The construction is all mortise and tenon w/ dovetailed drawers. The design is sort of a shaker/arts & craft thing I did off the top of my head. Btw, the house it’s in is where all house plants go to die. Thanks, all critiques are welcomed. Good or Bad. Carl.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 12:53 AM

Now thats a loaded table, great project.

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 01:08 AM

I don’t get the Zinzer product where I live. What’s your beef with it? Is it a gel or liquidy?

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 01:33 AM

Thanks cw.
mtk: it was just hard to get even coverage, to start with it came out splotchy. Finally, I had to put some wood conditioner on it and it worked ok. My preference for a finish is just natural wood, but this is what the customer wanted.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 01:49 AM

That is Awesome!! Is there any way you could show more details on how to make the hidden latch and keyed lock?

-- RJ

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#5 posted 11-03-2010 02:34 AM

RJS, the latch is really simple. If you look in the center of the drawer face in the last picture, you can see a groove I cut with a dovetail router bit. This extends from top to bottom. In that groove is a piece of maple about 3/16” thick that is beveled to fit sort of snugly but loose enough to slide up and down. Under the bottom shelf, I mortised a hole for it to slide into. As the bottom of the drawer face extends about an inch below the drawer bottom, I cut a little depression in the beveled piece of maple that you can catch your finger on if you curl it under the center of the drawer face. Up, it locks. Down, it unlocks. I think I got this out of a past issue of Popular Woodworking that I can’t seem to put my hands on tonight.
The lock on the back is just a barrel cylinder lock I got from Woodcraft that goes through the back of the base. It catches on a piece of metal screwed onto the back of the drawer. Hope this helps as I don’t have any more pictures.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#6 posted 11-03-2010 06:02 AM

Carl, It does help. I am very amateur, so I only kind of understand. It will take me a lot of practice. Thank you for the direction.

-- RJ

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#7 posted 11-03-2010 06:15 AM

Wow that tables packing neat looking table

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 11-03-2010 07:46 AM

Very nice table indeed.
Now I know where to look for when I need that killing machine,....ha ha ha.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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