Cherry Hall table

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Project by Tennwood posted 01-06-2012 02:30 AM 2226 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hall table was constructed out of a stack of warped, knotty cherry that I was able to get a pretty good deal on. The plan is out of Wood Magazine, built with little deviation from the plan. I built it about two years ago and it was my first major piece of furniture that wasn’t a box, cabinet or shelf. My wife latched on to it and it now stands in our entrance hall way. (Actually, she picked the plan out when flipping through my magazine.)

Because of a large through knot on the top that came out during planning, I had to come up with something to disguise the hole. I inlaid a maple bow tie over the hole and then inlaid two more to give it continuity.

The table is finished with amber shellac that has toned the cherry very nicely over the past 2 years. It has a much richer color now than in these pictures, even though there is very little natural light in the hall to have much affect on it.

One problem that has developed in the past few months is one of the curved gains on the top has begun to pop up 1/64” or so. It may be the dry winter air so I will wait until next summer and see if it gets worse. If it equalizes, I may re-sand it. Or, if it doesn’t get worse, and it is really just a decorative table, it may be better to just leave it as is.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#1 posted 01-06-2012 03:39 AM

Wow this is a cool design great little table.

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#2 posted 01-06-2012 01:00 PM

Very nice. How did you do the bowties? I’m interested in using ebonized bowties in a red oak project.


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#3 posted 01-06-2012 02:58 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I got the bow tie patterns from Woodcraft, but these, and other patterns are pretty readily available at any of the wood working supply stores. Mine is plexiglass and came with instructions. You cut them out with a router and 1/4” straight bit and two bushings (one for the cut out and one for the inlay). The inlays are about 3/8” deep on the table, but you can make them thicker if you want. Overall, it wasn’t hard, but I practiced several times on scrap as I was very nervous about screwing up the table top.

-- Jim, SE Tennessee, "Don't spare the kindling Dear, we have plenty"

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#4 posted 01-06-2012 03:47 PM

Great job.
I built the same table a while ago out of White Oak. I differed a little from the plans also. Mainly with dimensions. Although I did add bread board ends to the top.
Great use of the bow ties.

Thanks for posting.

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