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Monday, May 26, 2014

Building a Hall Table - Part 2

Commenced last post and progressing quickly.
Here is the piece of the slab that I have chosen for the top.

It has a natural edge for much of one side, and I propose to make this the leading edge, with the other long edge against the wall.

It will be held in place by buttons - these have been sawn from a scrap piece of camphor laurel, and will allow the table-top to move seasonally with wet and dry weather.

The finished and assembled table frame.  The legs are tapered on the insides and straight on their two outside faces.  This adds a look of some elegance - to my eye anyway :) .

Sanding through all grades of grit from 100 to 400 before a series finishing coats is applied.

Happy shavings to all.


  1. Is that one board? It has some interesting graining in it, especially so on the long straight edge.

    1. Hi Ralph, no it is two boards edge joined, but I tried to use the grain in each to hide the join.
      Camphor laurel is a very pleasant timber to use, and has a strong sinuses cleaning aroma when worked.

  2. What are you going to finish it with?

    Fantastic looking table!

    1. Thanks Toby.
      Camphor laurel is quite porous so the jury is still out on the finish.
      I am leaning towards a 1/3 poly, 1/3 turps, 1/3 boiled linseed oil mix but will have to trial it first.