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Forum topic by jroot posted 08-15-2014 04:38 PM 1320 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2014 04:38 PM

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My wife has decided that we need yet another table. This time, in a very narrow hall. I am wondering if anyone has photos of a table they have built no more than 8 inches deep. She want it to be about 30 inches long and about 28 inches high ( approx ) to go under a painting she wants to hang in this narrow, dark hall. So … to keep the peace, I have to make a piece to fit there.

Any ideas?

-- jroot

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 06:07 PM

It can be done….I’ve built a few hall tables for customers, but never that narrow…..About 16-18” is the norm, but that’s not to say you couldn’t build one narrower…...I don’t have any pictures of that size, so I can’t help you there….Somebody will prolly chime in…...

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 11:10 PM

You and she might see something of interest here. However, I would not put my Ming Dynasty Vase on it because with the dimensions you mentioned I think it would tip quite easily.

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 11:52 PM

i built one slightly deeper at 10” deep – see my projects page. i had to make mine taller and thus wider to make sure it was out of reach of my dog. not sure what type of style you are going for though. it does feel a bit tipsy at 10” but as long as no one is knocking it, it stands pretty solid.

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#4 posted 08-16-2014 12:09 AM

I built one out of cherry with a marble top trimmed in alder. The weight of the marble keeps it remarkably stable, even with 3 little ones in the house. Gravity is the only thing that keeps it on, but it’s at least a 60 lb. top. I think there are pictures on my project page. Alternatively, I really like the sofa/hall table that Tommy MacDonald did on Rough Cut season 2 with bent laminated legs. Not sure that it would be the absolute best for a narrow implementation, though.

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#5 posted 08-17-2014 04:39 AM

How about something with a curved front, front legs closer to the middle of the arc. Would make it easier to not catch a corner in a narrow hall and make it less likely to tip forward?

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 12:11 PM

My wife solved the problem whilst perusing an antique store in nearby St Jacobs. She found a table the right length and height, but 10 inches wide. It has a solid base that keeps it stable, and actually matches the baseboard in the house. How coincidental is that! I’ll have to touch up the finish however.

-- jroot

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