Hall Tree Joinery?

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Forum topic by Elksniffer posted 03-18-2009 11:50 PM 1134 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2009 11:50 PM

I have an old hall tree that I would like to use for a pattern for making a couple for my children. The joint(s) in question are: what are the joints for the side and front attached to the leg with. The old one looks like it has a butt joint with a wood block(gusset?) glued in place inside in each corner. The front legs are continous up the front and support the arms from underneath. It is one inch material. I picture a mortise – tenon joint for the side panel and front panel joining into the front leg , both also one inch material, but it seems like it would weaken the front leg. The side panel, leg and front panel all share a corner in this hall tree. And the glued block bridges the front and side panel, it is about a one inch block.
I could probably go to 1.5” stock for the front leg and move the mortises toward the center on each side but it may appear blocky compared to the originals graceful one inch legs.
Any suggestions on how the old one is joined or recommendations would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-19-2009 04:43 PM

I’ll try and get a photo this evening.

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#2 posted 05-05-2009 07:57 AM

I made a rather complicated connection for my hall tree. Half lap joints on the cross-bars, a cross-shaped mortise/dado on the bottom of the pole, and a long screw from the bottom into a cross dowel through the end grain for strength. The gussets were doweled/biscuited in place.

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 05:56 PM

You half lap the x on the bottom and notch the bottom of the post and pre drill the screw each leg from the bottom. a little glue will help. You have a cross grain but not a lot of wood mass to worry about.

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