Hall table

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Project by A Slice of Wood Workshop posted 10-13-2011 06:29 AM 1446 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here it is, a hall table, what can I say. Oh yeah, this thing has been a pain in the butt. The wife wanted a hall table with a shelf under it to hold things. The original table was going to be made from pine, then stained with golden oak, but as you can see this is not pine. I was suppose to have a shelf under it to hold things, but that wasn’t going to happen. After a bunch of pacing back and forth, I had totally scrapped the first design, started fresh and this is what I came out with. It measures 32” tall, 40”wide, and the top is 11” deep. It is stable. The top is the only thing that has any finish on it yet.

Pic 1- The table as a display
Pic 2-4 – Regular photo shots
Pic 5- shot of underside with pocket holes (they are going to be filled in)
Pic 6- Wheww is this a story. I thought the board would have planned flat, but as you can see, it didn’t. It had about a 1 1/2” area that tapered. I couldn’t cut it any skinnier, so I chose to leave it (it’s on the backside). I could have left this pic out, but I figured someone could learn from it as well.

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 06:45 AM

Looking good.
What was your reason for going with Oak? over Pine?

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 06:59 AM

The oak boards were the correct width, it’s what I had on hand, and no staining involved. I like the all natural look of woods.

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 05:07 PM

I really like the design. Deceptively simple.
It’s hard to tell from the pics, but is there an angle to the leg attachment? The first pic appears so. If so, was that by design (for added lateral stability) or by accident? How is the forward stability in terms of tipping resistance (can you set a heavy bag or purse on the table without it tipping forward)?
I might borrow your design for a Christmas present that I am contemplating with some cherry and maple.


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#4 posted 10-13-2011 08:05 PM

@joe- Yes the legs are angled out. It was part of the design. I didn’t want them right near the edge (both set in 4.5”), but I wanted the base a little wide for stability. I cut my angles at 15°, but I think that it is a bit much, maybe try 10°. Forward stability is great, it doesn’t rock. Go for the build! Any other questions, just ask.

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