Contrasting Features Make Elegant Hall Table

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An inlaid top, an introduction to traditional veneering techniques, a unique tripod support base, and the freedom to alter materials to match your décor all go together to make this one attractive hall table.

They say opposites attract. My wife loves yard sales and thrift shops; I try to avoid them at all costs. But I love her, so when she came home one day with a vase that was “just the best bargain ever,” I knew I should be supportive and build a display table for it. The piece that I designed has contrasting but not conflicting elements – light and dark woods, curved feet and posts, and a large flat top. Its overall look is contemporary, with a dash of Biedermeier – a 19th-century Germanic style of art and furniture design.

I like to create tables in pairs, as it makes better use of my facilities and time, as patterns and setups can be done once, but used twice. It also gives me the opportunity to put a slightly different spin on each. While the design of both tables I built for this project was identical, the veneers and solid stock I used for each were exactly the opposite – one was mostly light with dark accents, the other mostly dark with light accents – and you’ll see examples of both versions in the step-by-step photos. Again, opposites attract.

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