Hall Table with floating top

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Project by tombuhl posted 12-06-2012 06:10 AM 2828 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project using old-growth, river-salvaged Honduras Mahogany. Floating top is accented by curved front and rear aprons and double, slender legs at each corner. I am fond of the sculpted quality seen on the tops of the legs. That was inspired by the ultra-cool hand planes I saw at WIA 2011, especially those of Sauer & Steiner.

Mahogany from Greener Lumber, LLC, Missouri. Salvaged in Belize.

Step photos may be seen at:

-- "When you are not sure where to begin, lead with gratitude."

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 11:51 AM

Awesome work on these. Beautiful wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 12:57 PM

That is a beautiful table, Tom. I love the floating tops and added it to my favorites!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 01:08 PM

Very elegant with quality built into it. Great job.

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#4 posted 12-06-2012 01:30 PM

Very nice! The floating top almost makes this look like a “nested” pair of tables. Quite interesting, and very well done!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 12-06-2012 01:31 PM

beautiful. the floating top is stellar. nice work.

-- Steve, Madison, WI.

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#6 posted 12-06-2012 01:35 PM

that is really nice table and great workmanship. I love the pictures on the website of the whole process. What kind of finish did you use?

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#7 posted 12-06-2012 02:09 PM

great looking table. I like the double leg design. Your dovetails look really good.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 12-06-2012 03:34 PM

Lanaug, finish is oil-varnish-mineral spirits (4:1:3), wiped, and wet sanded (progressively higher grits), wiped off. Usually I do 7-8 coats. Not a quick way to finish, but very satisfying work and wonderful to the touch.

-- "When you are not sure where to begin, lead with gratitude."

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#9 posted 12-06-2012 03:40 PM

Very cool table .it looks great.

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#10 posted 12-06-2012 07:58 PM

That simply explains how skillful you are man!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 12-06-2012 10:40 PM

Ravishing. I love the story behind it.

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#12 posted 12-07-2012 02:19 AM

Rich Petty, of Greener Lumber, LLC, has put together a wonderful piece on the history and journey of historic Mahogany harvesting, present day salvage and processing operations and a short gallery of finished work at the end. Makes me want to go make something. About 11 minutes long, but don’t miss out on the finale, he, he, he.

The commercial aspect of this video is very low-key, should be most enjoyable to anyone interested in wood and its stories.

-- "When you are not sure where to begin, lead with gratitude."

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