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Floating top hall table with a twist (first project out of the new shop)

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Project by lumberjoe posted 06-24-2013 02:54 AM 2464 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I’ve moved I’ve been making shop fixtures and doing a lot of construction related woodworking. I recently finished renovating my home office. Since I work from home quite a bit, I want a really nice space. The room has a nice entrance way so I wanted to put a hall table with a nice lamp on it in front of the door.

I experimented with designs a bit. I made this up as I went along. This is made from Ash with an intersecting purpleheart inlay. To see how I did the inlay, look at one of my recent cutting board projects. To give it an even lighter look, I undercut a chamfer on the underside of the top

Rather than a plain old table, I wanted something unique. The legs are tapered on 2 sides and come to a point at the top. I really wish I cut the mortises BEFORE I tapered and cut points on the legs. That made measurements really difficult.

The pictures don’t show it well, but the finish on this is fantastic. 2 coats of home brew danish oil which was a little heavy on the poly. The ash barely darkened at all. After that I sprayed 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal (HVLP).

Details:
12” deep
36” long
36” tall (yes, it’s pretty tall for a table, but I wanted something very tall)
Mortise and tenon
Hot hide glue – This was challenging for the M&T joints. I spent a lot of time making sure they were absolutely perfect fitting because I knew I wouldn’t have much time to mess with clamps. I only had to use the heat gun twice :)

For not having any plans at all and only using materials I had on hand, I think it came out pretty well.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 06-24-2013 03:23 AM

Gorgeous table!
I love ALL the little details.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 06-24-2013 03:26 AM

Glad you are now in your new shop and producing very interesting, super beautiful furnishings for use in your home. My, my that’s one marvelous piece of furniture.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#3 posted 06-24-2013 03:34 AM

I really like the way this turned out. Kinda envious of the wood you used too, since Ash around here is ungodly expensive.

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#4 posted 06-24-2013 03:42 AM

The design on top really makes the difference.

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#5 posted 06-24-2013 04:03 AM

Thanks! Von, where is Ash expensive? It’s just about the cheapest hardwood I can get here. That’s probably around $30 in materials. I really like the look of ash

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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#6 posted 06-24-2013 05:58 AM

Joe, I look at your work and i see why you considered your earlier work to be junk. It’s because your tremendous vision exceeded your skills. Your table is beautiful. Fantastic design and workmanship. I look forward to the day when my work looks as good as your current work.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#7 posted 06-24-2013 07:12 AM

I like the floating top style of design. The giraffe table is very well done. Sounds like you had a vision here and ran with it as you had no plans. It worked out perfectly.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#8 posted 06-24-2013 11:18 AM

Great table and I love floating tops they always look so good and the inlay really sets the whole look of the table off….great job you have to be pleased with it…:)

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#9 posted 06-24-2013 11:47 AM

Great looking table!

Nice recovery on the mortises… You only forget to do the joinery while you still have reference surfaces once. We’ve all done it!

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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#10 posted 06-24-2013 01:35 PM

Amazing table.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#11 posted 06-24-2013 01:49 PM

Sublime.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#12 posted 06-24-2013 02:14 PM

Great looking table. The top inlay is a really nice detail. Also like the floating top. You achieved the desired lightness effect.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 06-24-2013 03:33 PM

Thanks! Barry, I ended up making a jig that held the legs in perfect alignment and drawing my own reference lines to lay out the mortises. The only way I could be sure they were exact is to do all 4 at once.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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#14 posted 06-24-2013 05:27 PM

Great looking table, and I just went through your demo post on the inlay process…bookmarked! I am trying that for sure!

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop, http://secondwindworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 06-24-2013 05:43 PM

sweet table

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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