Thread: Hall Table Project
21st Sep 2008, 10:57 PM #1
Hall Table Project
It's been in the design stages for several weeks now.
An American Black Walnut Hall Table.
Early design had three drawers and through tenons in the table top.
Drawn with metal handles but I think it will have wooden handles when built.
The final design
With some redesign of the top. Out go the through tenons, in come two outer rails with the grain running the length with the centre panel having the grain running across the table. Not decided as yet but I might add a very small chamfered edge where the two opposing grains meet.
Dimensions 60" long, 16" depth, 30" high
I've started cutting the wood for the top, everything was thicknessed i.e. the two outer rails and the short pieces that will be the centre panel were also cut to length. Everything was matched up and marked. Now all these pieces will be kept in the house to acclimatise, none of the top will be assembled until Iíve finished the base & drawers.
The foreground in this pic shows the shorter lengths laid out and marked up for matching, in the background are the two outer rails of the table top.
A closer view of the pieces
Next will be sizing the wood and making up the base.
On another forum several posters suggested I should change the through tenons with pegs on the stretcher and make them flush on the outer surface and use wedges possibly in a contrasting wood, so....
Do I leave it and do the tenons as planned? or should I change the plan and do them flush as suggested?
Someone is probably going to mention the opposing grain in the top, I've pondered over it for several days, I do have a solution planned. That's why I mentioned small chamfers, it's part of the plan.
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21st Sep 2008, 11:53 PM #2
G'day Lord Nibbo,
I'm poking my ugly mug in here so I can watch with interest . I'll also be interested in you solution to the opposing grain direction in the top.I make things, I just take a long time.
22nd Sep 2008, 12:58 AM #3
I do like the look of the opposing grain in the top. As Waldo said, I am also interested in how the expansion issues will be dealt with.
Regarding the stretcher, I am a bit of a fan of the through tenons with wedges of contrasting timber. With all the flat surfaces of the top and legs I am thinking that the flat look of through tenons would look good and be more in keeping with the overall design. Just my opinion and my taste of course, but it is your table so go with what you really like the look of.
Can't wait to see the grain in the top all polished up.
27th Sep 2008, 02:29 AM #4
Starting with the legs all four were thicknessed to 1" and cut to a fraction over 5" wide then a final pass on the edge over the planer gave an exact 5". Then all four were cut to same length of 29" using a stop on my Dewalt compound mitre saw.
Next was marking out all the mortises
Then the rails had all the tenons cut
Than everything was dry assembled to check out it all fit and finally both ends were glued and clamped up.
With the clamps removed both ends were sanded down to 240 grit
The inside faces showing the mortises for the upper rails and the mortise for the lower stretcher
Next job are the rails and stretcher.
27th Sep 2008, 10:41 AM #5
That Walnut has me salivating.I make things, I just take a long time.
27th Sep 2008, 11:22 AM #6
28th Sep 2008, 03:08 PM #7
I'm with Waldo and Pops, i absolutely love walnut. Such a beautiful timber.
But it's been 20 years since i've had the chance to work with it.
Looking forward to seeing more progress shots LN. Looking great so far.
28th Sep 2008, 06:03 PM #8
29th Sep 2008, 07:56 PM #9
looking good so far i am planing on making a hall table next so good to get some ideas.
out of curiosity what glue did you use
29th Sep 2008, 08:10 PM #10
29th Sep 2008, 08:16 PM #11
haha sorry just realised your in the uk no good to me..
29th Sep 2008, 10:40 PM #12
Hey LN, looking great! Love the design evolution and the look of the timber. Watching with interest
30th Sep 2008, 10:25 PM #13
View of the front. All glued up and assembled and with the planers infeed table raised level with the outfeed gives me a perfectly flat base to make sure all four legs are at the same level.
View of the rear
Closer view of the left hand end.
Right hand end view of front rail
1st Oct 2008, 05:23 PM #14
Now that's an inovative way to use the buzzer
1st Oct 2008, 10:56 PM #15
With the clamps off you get a better picture of what the final look will be.
Those through tenons, I finally went with the forum and went for flush finish with wedges but I decided to add that little extra
The wedges are more decorative than effective, but with the end piece grain running 90 deg to the tenon I had to think about over stressing the end piece and splitting it.
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