Walnut and maple hall table

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Project by milehighwoodworker posted 05-22-2008 04:09 AM 2733 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this piece in my second semester at school, about 2.5 years ago. It was a design nightmare and I certainly wouldn’t design it the same way again. I ended up being about 75% pleased with this piece, but there’s just something about it that looks a little goofy and “too much” to me. Maybe it was me being too concerned with having lots of “cool” features, but it just ended up being too busy i think.

As for the construction, it’s a hand-cut dovetailed walnut carcass, with a maple drawer riding on dovetailed slides. The legs are mortised to accept all the stretchers, and the carcass sits on half-lapped walnut cross-members. Like I said, a little busy, but it was a good challenge and I learned that I should really focus on simplifying my design. It’s nice to do all the little eye-catching stuff, just not all on the same piece!

This piece ended up selling online and the customer has it underneath his plasma tv on the wall of his living room.

-- "A craftsman who is respected nearly always rises to the task, and is happy to do so." -Thos. Moser

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#1 posted 05-22-2008 04:59 AM

As long as they’re paying customers, I’d let ‘em use anything of mine for firewood. You’re hard on yourself. It’s a beautiful piece…and I’d be 100 per cent pleased to own it. The guy who does probably thinks so, too.
I don’t know about you, but I think that on each of the few little projects I’ve been involved with, I’ve learned something. You’ve been paid to learn…what a deal! It’s a beautiful piece that you should be proud of. If it last a hundreds years and gets passed down to others…a piece of you goes into that future as well. Imagine the guy doing a restoration job on it in two hundred years. Poor fellow will have to learn what you learned by following your steps backwards. To me it looks outstanding.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#2 posted 05-22-2008 05:03 AM

I really like the design of your project, It looks like something I would enjoy building!!!

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#3 posted 05-22-2008 05:15 AM

I think it is really cool, and shows a lot of creativity.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 05-22-2008 05:21 AM

After lookin her over , it just looks to me like it’s a table without a top on it . I wish I could see her in person because I know how hard it is to capture the piece with photos . Obviously the Walnut is beautiful and as much as I love Maple , it just doesn’t seem to really add to the piece in this case . Is the front cross piece stained Tiger Maple or did you find some highly figured Walnut ? I guess I’m a traditionalist in that as nice as those legs are , I just don’t think they go with the rest of the piece . Of course I never went to school for this , so please don’t be offended by my observations . This is just my opinion .
It is totally unique and I am happy that you have sold it already . Peace

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

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#5 posted 05-22-2008 06:37 AM

i agree with barry…looks fantastic…its a mix of classic (desk part) and future (legs)...sounds like you learned a lot through the process…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 05-22-2008 07:02 AM

That is a great looking table. I really like the design. Very different.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-22-2008 11:27 AM

I like it! Nice design – well done.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 05-22-2008 12:42 PM

This is a nice table. I can well understand why it sold. The piece shows a lot of originality and it is well designed.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 05-22-2008 01:28 PM

Nice design, brilliant execution.

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#10 posted 05-22-2008 01:37 PM

I like it. Kind of looks like the box is floating.

-- If you have gone through a whole day without learning something new, you wasted it.

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#11 posted 05-22-2008 02:29 PM

That’s a good looking piece.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#12 posted 05-22-2008 02:55 PM


A very artistic design.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 05-22-2008 03:38 PM

I like it too. I love the lines and think it looks smooth, if that makes any sense.

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#14 posted 05-22-2008 06:20 PM

Nice design

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#15 posted 05-22-2008 09:35 PM

turned out fantastic! looks to be over my head though!


-- It seem's I just make scrap wood and saw dust most of the time !

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