Hall Table

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Project by OnTheFly posted 07-17-2013 09:00 AM 1638 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started woodworking 6 months ago. This is my 5th and most recent project. Each project has progressively gotten more difficult and with each one I feel like I’m WAY over my head- so many things I don’t even know that I’m doing wrong. But I’m really enjoying myself!

I got the idea for the table from a youtube video and then I just went to the garage and started to build what I saw in the video. I realize that it’s not creative to copy another person’s design but I’m not sure how else to practice this stuff. Here’s where the idea came from:

Comments (especially criticism), advice, suggestions, and tips will all help me learn.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.


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#1 posted 07-17-2013 09:04 AM

Your doing a bang up job for being new at this. Its great to challange your self and try new things. Great looking table and I look fwd to seeing more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Dan Hux

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 09:49 AM

As long as you are learning from the mistakes and you are having fun that’s all that counts.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 10:53 AM

Beautiful work for only 6 months into woodworking, you did a great job on the hall table….keep up the good work….

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-17-2013 12:20 PM

This is beautiful work!

-- Riaan

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#5 posted 07-17-2013 01:08 PM

that is a great looking table and I really love the wood figure and swirls on the front panel. Nice looking dovetails also!

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#6 posted 07-17-2013 02:21 PM

This is awesome! I like it a lot. Great display of grain. I can’t help but think this would look better without the edge profile on the top.


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#7 posted 07-17-2013 02:38 PM

@lumberjoe: Would you do a small chamfer, barely round the edges or just leave the top square? Thank you, very much, for your feedback!

And thanks, everyone for your encouragement!

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#8 posted 07-17-2013 02:40 PM

Your doing a great job with only 6 months of woodworking. Table looks great. I think you method of copying other designs is a logical way to learn woodworking. I have often copied designs that I have seen. For me; designing and building are 2 different things. You can be a talented woodworking but not have a good eye for design. I usually just sketch some basic plans by hand so I have good dimensions and then start cutting wood. Looks like you are a fast learner.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 07-17-2013 03:46 PM

Great looking table!! Welcome to LJs, certainly look forward to seeing future projects as those that I have seen thus far are fantastic… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 07-17-2013 05:15 PM

IMO, this would look awesome without a profile at all (like the original you posted a link of). I always at least ease edges – not purely for aesthetics though. Sharp edges aren’t very nice to touch, and a sharp edge won’t hold finish. I use a 1/8” roundover on a lot of my stuff.

I also like to undercut chamfers on some things. I’m not sure how that would look here though.

This is what I mean:


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#11 posted 07-17-2013 05:21 PM

Unless you are making art that’s just to look at, there are only so many workable ways to implement a given item. I think everyone copies to some extent and almost everything they copy was copied from someone else and so on back to Adam…

BTW, great looking table. Prepare to be copied <g>

-- ...Specialization is for insects.

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#12 posted 07-17-2013 07:56 PM

looks great

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#13 posted 07-17-2013 10:52 PM

Thanks Lumberjoe! I didn’t know that a square edge wouldn’t hold a finish but now that you’ve pointed that out I see where it’s quite obvious. I appreciate your time and consideration.

And thanks to all that commented- you’ve made my 1st day on LJs an awesome experience.

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#14 posted 07-17-2013 11:28 PM

You’ve done beautiful work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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