Hall Table

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Project by tinnman65 posted 723 days ago 1370 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a table I just finished. The top is olive ash burl, black dyed maple banding with a mahogany border. The legs are oak tapered bent laminated and then ebonized using tree bark tea and vinegar with iron. I did the top with a shellac french polish and the base is lacquer. I made the top first because I had the veneer and wanted to play with curves on this piece. I made a full scale drawing of the base by drawing different curves until I found what I thought looked pleasing to the eye, from this I could make the forms to do the bent lamination’s. The stretchers are oak with olive ash burl veneer, I thought it needed a little color with all that black on the base. I actually made another base for this table with straight tapered mahogany legs splayed out to a rectangular stretcher but I hated it so I scraped it. I learned two important things while doing this project 1) The importance of a good model and 2) I’ve come to the point in my woodworking were I will scrap hours of work and valuable material if its not done right or I don’t like it, which we all know is a painful experience. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of flaws in my work but I am always striving to get better and I not going to settle on something just because of the hours or money I have invested in it. Now I need to invest some of that time setting up a place to take some decent pictures! Thanks for looking.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#1 posted 723 days ago

Nice. You hit a sweet spot on the design. I’ve also thrown away some mistakes and it does hurt but it is part of the process.

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#2 posted 723 days ago

Great looking Table!!! I really like your design and top notch Craftsmanship!!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 723 days ago

I really like the color contrasts and the asymmetrical design here. This would make any hall a destination. I love the way you show off that piece of olive ash burl.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 723 days ago

From Paul to Paul… That is just a sweet table.
The ebonizing looks very good.
The top shape is nice.
I like the colors and
The veneering is attractive.

Did you experiment on the oak with just the ferrous ion solution at all? (without the tea)
I’ve never used the tea but oak is so high in tannin that it blackens very well.
Does the tea make it even better?

Great table and great perseverance. Be proud.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 723 days ago

Very well done Paul a wonderful design and interesting woods,a all around great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 723 days ago

Very interesting leg design and veneering.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 723 days ago

Impressive table ! BTW I like your Scott Adams saying.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 723 days ago

Hey Paul,

This is an excellent piece!

The design is really pleasing. Great proportions, too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 723 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments everyone.
Paul I did experiment with just the “ferrous ion solution” (I didn’t know that’s what they call it,you learn something new every day!). I used oak from different tree’s because I had it on hand and the tannic acid levels in the wood were different so the results were not consistent, also a wash with the tea after its ebonized removes the chalky look you get after it dries. It is definitely more finicky than just using a aniline dye but I really like the results

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 723 days ago

Just keep being impressed by your work. Beautiful and unique. Thanks for posting

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#11 posted 722 days ago

Great base! Great table. I’m jealous!

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#12 posted 721 days ago

Superb table, excellent work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#13 posted 667 days ago

sweet Love the design,

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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