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

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Project by lumberjoe posted 434 days ago 2413 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).

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.


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#1 posted 434 days ago

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 434 days ago

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

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#3 posted 434 days ago

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 434 days ago

The design on top really makes the difference.

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#5 posted 434 days ago

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


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#6 posted 434 days ago

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 434 days ago

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 434 days ago

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 434 days ago

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 434 days ago

Amazing table.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#11 posted 434 days ago


-- 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 434 days ago

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 434 days ago

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.


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#14 posted 434 days ago

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,

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#15 posted 434 days ago

sweet table

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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