Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table

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Introduction: Asian-Inspired Hall Table

Get an overview of furniture maker Timothy Rousseau's latest Video Workshop project, an Asian-Inspired Hall Table built of beautiful quartersawn walnut.

Tapered Legs

Begin the leg shaping process by creating a leg pattern and using it to construct a patterning sled for the router table that yields consistent tapers for all four legs.

Legs, Aprons, and Under Rails

Learn how to cut mortises with a plunge router and templates. Then watch as Timothy Rousseau adds the final taper to his hall table’s legs with an ingenious sled for the planer. Finally, get to work cutting the tables aprons and under-rails.

Apron and Under-Rail Joinery

In this episode, learn how to accurate tenons quickly at the router table. Then watch Rousseau's technique using spacer blocks to cut perfectly aligned double mortise and tenon joints.

Shape the Aprons and Under-Rails

With ther joinery for the hall table's aprons and under-rails largely cut and fit, Tim Rousseau demonstrates techniques for adding beautiful curves with a combination of power and hand tools.

Lower Rails

Learn how to craft tight-fitting housed-mortise-and-tenon joints as Timothy Rousseau tackles his hall table's lower rails.

Shelf and Base Glue-Up

Learn how to precisely fit the hall table’s shelf to it’s housed through mortise. Then, tackle final fairing of all the table components with traditional hand tools before glue-up.


Wrap up construction of the Asian-Inspired Hall Table by shaping the tabletop. You'll learn how to add graceful curves with a bandsaw and a block plane, and how to tackle surface prep for a super-smooth finish.

Apply the Finish

Learn how to pop the beautiful grain in quartersawn walnut with a safe, low VOC finish that wipes on easy and provides plenty of protection.

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