Hall Table / Sofa Table

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Project by Eric posted 07-14-2012 01:49 PM 2324 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a small table inspired by by the Woodsmith hall table. (
It was drastically downsized to replace a small table beside my parents’ refidgerator. (See photo with a pop can for scale reference.) It is made from hard maple dyed and stained to have a cherry look. The top coat is laquer.

The most challenging part of this table was the lower shelf. Notched were required on all four corners of the lower shelf. These notches were to set into more notches cut into the inside corner of each leg. The remaining short edge of the shelf sits in a rabbit cut into the lower rails.

Another challenge was cutting the bevel in the top. (Hey Steve Ramsey- I used biscuits to join three pieces together for the top.) I cut the end grain bevel with a 60 tooth finishing blade in the table was with an extra high auxiliary fence. I switched to a rip blade to cut the long-edge bevel. My concern was the finishing blade would leave burn marks moving that slow and cutting that long. Afterall cutting at a bevek made for a deeper overall cut. Well, the rip blade did fine, but of course it left some rough saw marks. These were difficult to sand out. I couldn’t run the bevel cut through the jointer due to the angle and orientation of the bevel to the face of the workpiece. Anyone have better ideas on how to do this?

Glue Up
I tried 2 different glue up methods. 1) Let the glue dry (somewhat) and scrape it off. 2) Wipe the glue off immediately with a moist rag. I much prefer method #2. Areas with glue squeeze-out that I let partially dry before cleaning did not take the dye and stain the same as the rest of the table. For my next project, I’m considering staining and finishing each piece individually then put it together. I think this will make it easier to stain and wet sand and the laquer finish might offer some protection from discoloration from glue squeeze-out. (Those spindles were very challenging to get stain and wet sand!)

This was a fun project and it only took about $20-$25 of lumber. Thanks to Kookaburra Kay for your help on this one.

-- Eric

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#1 posted 07-14-2012 03:21 PM

You did a great job scaling it down. The finish looks lovely. This is such a great design for a hall table, I am thinking of making another one. I am certain your parents will be extremely happy with the result. Thanks for the shout-out but you did all of the work.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 07-14-2012 06:30 PM

Nice job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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Stephen Fox

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#3 posted 07-14-2012 06:34 PM

Looks good. I have the same problem with glue and stain. Sometimes a seal coat before gluing will help. I also wipe down with mineral spirits before staining so that any glue I have missed will be easily seen. Then a card scraper and sand paper usually takes care of any remaining glue. Yard looks half dead. Getting bad here in central NY also.

-- Stephen NYS

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#4 posted 07-14-2012 06:50 PM

Card scraper…. I need to get one of those.

The yard is half dead. I watered earlier this drought, but we hear the water table is getting low, so I quit watering a few weeks ago. It’s been brown around here all summer; it never really greened up in the spring.

-- Eric

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#5 posted 07-14-2012 09:36 PM

Great job on the table Eric. That design looks good on a smaller scale version. Well done!
I like the color. What stain did you use?

It’s raining here right now. We are only suffering a minor drought compared to the rest of the state. That’s what I heard on the radio this morning anyway.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#6 posted 07-14-2012 10:24 PM

I like that table!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#7 posted 07-14-2012 11:54 PM

Oh! I forgot. Here’s a SketchUp of the table.

Download file here.

-- Eric

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#8 posted 02-19-2013 01:05 PM

Nice looking table. Isn’t sketchup great?

-- Tom in Madison, Indiana

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 11:17 PM

Tom – My friend is the band director there in Madison, IN. Crazy world!

-- Eric

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