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Hall Tree


Duncan
Duncan
Duncan
Duncan

Inspired by a Pintrest pic, I decided there was a cleaner way to execute a hall tree. Searching the local antique shops, I found 2 old doors that were 5 panel, 36" doors. I stripped both doors and used one (worse condition) for the back and the other for the arms. The seat is a cutting from a 1 1/4" laminated slab that I purchased 25 years earlier. just convenient stock. The top shelf, arm rails and basket bottome shelf and divider is form 3/4" birch plywood. The black hardware is all from Hobby Lobby and painted gloss black. The tree is finished with primer and Extra-White semi-gloss, 2 coats. The baskets are from Crate and Barrel. The dimensions were adjusted for overall appearance, not so much for comfort. It's more for changing shoes and hanging stuff. I trimmed 6" off the bottom of the back door, so that the raised panel would line up with the seat. The arm side panels are cut to 18" deep and XX" high. The top of the seat is 16" off the floor. There are no feet other than felt. The back and side are full contact with the floor and the toe kick helps with dust at a 2" recess. After stripping I filled only the old door handle, hinge recess screw holes (leaving the recess) and left all other stress marks. It seemed to find a balance between new parts and an old door.

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  • What a beautiful piece of work. This is a really impressive build, and even more so that it's made from recycled material. You should be really proud of this- it looks great!
    By RYOBI Nation, on September 20, 2016

  • very nice piece!
    By rchampine, on September 26, 2016

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Hall Tree

by Duncan
Sep 10, 2016

Inspired by a Pintrest pic, I decided there was a cleaner way to execute a hall tree. Searching the local antique shops, I found 2 old doors that were 5 panel, 36" doors. I stripped both doors and used one (worse condition) for the back and the other for the arms. The seat is a cutting from a 1 1/4" laminated slab that I purchased 25 years earlier. just convenient stock. The top shelf, arm rails and basket bottome shelf and divider is form 3/4" birch plywood. The black hardware is all from Hobby Lobby and painted gloss black. The tree is finished with primer and Extra-White semi-gloss, 2 coats. The baskets are from Crate and Barrel. The dimensions were adjusted for overall appearance, not so much for comfort. It's more for changing shoes and hanging stuff. I trimmed 6" off the bottom of the back door, so that the raised panel would line up with the seat. The arm side panels are cut to 18" deep and XX" high. The top of the seat is 16" off the floor. There are no feet other than felt. The back and side are full contact with the floor and the toe kick helps with dust at a 2" recess. After stripping I filled only the old door handle, hinge recess screw holes (leaving the recess) and left all other stress marks. It seemed to find a balance between new parts and an old door.