Maple Burl

Stone Infill





Odds &

Atlantis Art

Custom Furniture and Woodworking
Brent Baker -- Corvallis, Oregon

Hallway Tables

I really like building hallway tables. By definition they're long, narrow, and tall. Generally they don't need to support much weight. These properties make it easy to create graceful shapes for them. I always seem to have a two or three more designs for a hallway table I want to try and build.

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black walnut, figure maple, chrysocolla, turquoise -- 5 feet 6, by 30 inches tall --   The Leaning Table of Pisa, but one of friends calls it the dramamine table. This is one of those designs that once I came up with it I just had to build it. It appears on the verge of falling over, but it's very stable. The stone is used to fill the knots and voids that were in the wood.
curly maple, angelim pedra -- 5 feet 6, by 31 inches tall --   I call this design the "drunken sailor". The legs that lean back and forth remind me of a walking on the rolling decks of a ship, along with the not so straight path he takes. The geometry was a real challenge as well. I found the angelim pedra at a discount lumber and building materials store. It's not commonly available at hardword lumber stores.
lacewood, mango,lapis, turquoise -- 5 feet 5, by 30 inches tall --   I wanted to try this design again, but change the way the lower brace is attached. This version is easier to build than the first method, but stronger than the second. The lacewood is really extra ordinary, and the mango is pretty nice too. I like this table and I'm going to keep it for a while.
walnut, myrtle wood -- 5 feet 6, by 30 inches tall --   I have long wanted to build a table where the top is supported by a pair of matching cantilvers. I worked this design out over a period of many months. By the time the table was done, I decided to call it Twist and Shout.
curly maple, purpleheart -- 5 feet 1, by 28 inches tall --   A lot of people seemed to like the jatoba and wenge table, but the feet and lower brace were very difficult to design and build. This second attempt is much simpler to build, and I think a bit more graceful as well.
jabota, wenge -- 5 feet 6, by 31 inches tall --   I was in a restaurant on the Oregon coast doodling in my sketch book waitng for my clam chowder when I came up with this design. I'd like to think it's influenced by bridge architecture, which I've always admired.
zircote, curly maple -- 5 feet 7, by 31 inches tall --   I liked the upper part of the mango and zebrawood, but the long thin legs are subject to wracking. This design overcomes those problems. I think it's one of the most elegant pieces I've ever built.