Philips head screw driver
Robinson #0 square head screw driver
A drill with a 1/8″ drill bit
A nail set
A sanding block or power sander with 100 and 180 grid sanding paper.
You will need at least two 30-inch clamps. The more clamps you have, the faster the assembly process will go. For the hardware pieces (not included in the kit), you will need the hinges, one extra set of steel screws and the brass screws that comes with the hinges. You’ll also need some wood glue and a damp cloth when you’re working with the glue.
Parts in the kit
The kit should have: eight pieces for the back frame and twelve for the front frame, making a total of twenty. Look through the pictures in this guide to make sure you recognize the different pieces and have a complete kit. We put the greatest care in ensuring our kits reach you in the best condition. If any of the parts are missing or damaged along the way, please use the contact form to reach us and include your phone number (optionally) so we can get back to you as soon as possible.
General instructions and glossary of terms
Before you start, read all the instructions. When putting furniture together, use a combination of screws and wood glue. With this kit, you’ll use screws to attach different parts, and glue to support the tenon and mortise joints. When applying glue, use your finger to spread out the glue a little. Wipe off the glue that comes out of the joints and sand it off after the glue has dried. This makes sure you won’t see glue spots when you apply the finish. Speaking of sanding, sometimes you’ll need to correct little imperfections by sanding (that’s the beauty of handcrafted materials). This aligning of sections is what is meant when the instructions say sanding flush. This kit also uses a rabbet, a ledge that allows the mirror to be placed. You can read more about a rabbet right here.
Dry Fit Back Frame Assembly
Dry Fit Back Frame Assembly
It is best to dry fit the hall tree together before assembling with glue. This means it will take a while longer, but you want to make sure you can make a mistake only when you can still easily fix it. The back of the hall tree is assembled first. The first two parts to find are the vertical styles. There should be a right and left. Lay them on a flat surface approximately 26 inches apart. The mortise slots should face the inside. Now find the cross members. Lay each cross member in relation to the vertical center (counter sunk holes should be down) for the mirror bracket.
Dry Fit Back Frame Assembly: Step 2
Now take the upper cross member with the half lap joint and slip it on top of the vertical center and lay it in the frame. Now take the component you just assembled and slide it into one side of the hall tree. Next, put in the lower tile support center rail. You will notice a rabbet in the back to accept the tile. This rabbet should be towards the
top of the hall tree.
Dry Fit Front Frame Assembly
Dry Fit Front Frame Assembly: Step 1
The front frame has a top piece, a center style and lower piece. The top center frame piece has a front apron which has the upper shelf screwed to it. Attach the two side moldings with screws next. The side apron pieces now can be slid into place.
Dry Fit Front Frame Assembly: Step 2
The lower center frame piece has a front apron which has two lower shelves screwed to it. The side apron pieces now can be slid into place and attached with screws.
Dry Fit Front Frame Assembly: Step 3
Assemble the front frame by placing the center vertical style between the top piece and lower piece. Now put the four side pieces (two right and two left) into the back frame.
Dry Fit Front Frame Assembly: Step 4
Place the two box side supports into the center (one right and one left) into the back frame. Now carefully place the front frame assembly onto the 4 front frame supports. If any of the pieces don’t fit into the mortise (slots), sand the tenons with 100-grit sandpaper wrapped around a small block of block of wood. You may want to sand all the joints smooth.
Dry Fit Front Frame Assembly: Step 5
Next, attach the bracket feet. Inset the bracket foot 1/4 inch on the front and side. Each bracket foot comes pre-assembled with a front and side with an interlocking joint.
Final Assembly: Step 1
Now is the time to assemble the case permanently. The steps below basically repeat the steps taken above, but include instructions for gluing. Disassemble the case. Reassemble the back frame, this time applying glue to the inside of the tenons. Clamp the two sides together, install the pocket screws and be sure to wipe any excess glue off with a wet rag. Make sure the front surfaces of the rails are sanded flush with the style.
Final Assembly: Step 2
Apply glue to the inside mortise joints (slots), the two inside pieces of the back frame, and then fit the center top piece (with the curved front) in place.
Final Assembly: Step 3
Apply glue to the inside mortise joints of the base and fit the center top piece assembly onto the base. Install two screws to hold the centerpieces together. Apply glue to the inside mortise joints of the two inside pieces and then place the partitions in the mortise joint on the other side of the center top piece. Apply glue to the mortise joints of the outside vertical pieces and base. Put the outside vertical pieces in place. With a square, make sure all angles are at 90 degrees. Clamp and let dry over night.
Final Assembly: Step 4
With the wooden frame assembled, take time to sand with 180 grid sand paper, lightly make a sanding pass on all edges. Be sure to sand all joints to make sure the transitions are smooth to the touch. Now position the coat hooks on the frame and drill with a 1/8 inch drill bit. Use the steel screws to attach the coat hooks to the frame.
Accents and Details
While the finish on the hall tree is drying, glue the tiles to a piece of 1/8 plywood. Butter the plywood with about a 1/16 of an inch of adhesive, then butter each tile with about a 1/16 of an inch of adhesive and press the tile to the plywood. Place the tiles right next to each other so they touch. Let them dry overnight. The next day, apply the adhesive in the joints to use as grout. Use a wet sponge at a 45 degree angle to the joints to get a uniform finish. Clean the sponge about every third stroke or so. Let dry another 24 hours. Place the tile strip into the dado on the rear of the back frame and secure with 4 hold down washers. Be careful not to over tighten these washers or you will break the tile strip. They should be just snug, so the tile strip can float in the wooden frame.
After the finish is dry (see next step), insert the mirror in the frame and place the screw into the backing on the frame. Place the mirror into the dado on the rear of back frame and secure with 4 hold down washers. Be careful not to over tighten these washers or you will break the mirror. They should be just snug, so the mirror can float in the wooden frame.
Remove the coat hooks. Apply the finish of your choice. Reinstall the hooks with brass screws. Install mirror (see previous step).