|Project by Elwood89||posted 09-04-2012 01:02 PM||3805 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
I’ve always liked the hall tree as a handsome, multifunctional piece of furniture. But, I’ve never found the right one at the right price. So, I decided to make one. I bought a mirror and framed it, then built a trunk to match it.
As I was progressing further into the project I realized that I hadn’t yet used any screws or nails (no plans, just winging it as usual), so I made it a goal to complete the project entirely with wood. I succeeded; there are no screws, nails, brads, etc. holding wood together in this piece. The only metal is in the iron hooks and hinges. The biggest challenge was in that I wanted to be able to separate the mirror from the trunk (to be able to move this piece of furniture by myself). There are two 1” dowels extending from the bottom of each of the corbels at the base of the mirror that slot into the top of the trunk. Time will tell if this is going to work, if not I can simply glue them in place.
The wood is Ovangkol and the finish is teak oil.
I once had a client tell me that he wanted a piece that resembled what an antique might have looked like when it was new. I like that. I think I accomplished that with this hall tree.
-- Elwood, making sawdust in Germany, http://www.AnsbachArtisans.com