"Suspended", Santos Mahogany Side Table

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Project by WoodShrew posted 07-15-2014 02:36 AM 4628 views 96 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across an incredibly lovely board of Santos mahogany one day, with swirls of vanilla and orange in the grain, that board is what inspired the whole piece. The legs are ebonized maple with a coat of Java gel stain over the top to soften/warm the black, the rest is Santos mahogany and ebony. Features double wedged through tenons and a breadboard table top in the primary structure, while the cabinet carcass is hand dovetailed and suspended from three double-stitched leather straps. Straps are pinned underneath and run through the shuttle style grip attached to the carcass then attached strongly to the stretchers on the primary structure. Aside from the pins underneath the leather straps are free from the wooden elements and can be easily replaced if/when worn. The door is hung on Soss invisible hinges and the closure method is two magnets, one embedded inside the lock style and the other in the front corner of the interior shelf.

The entire piece is finished with teak oil and shellac…in the future I will remember to rub out the finish before installing the leather, probably much less awkward that way.

It was a wonderful and fun project aside from fussing with the blacking of the legs around the through tenons, that was pretty troublesome. Definitely going to make a version 2.0 in the future! :)

-- Kate the Wood Shrew, Oregon,

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 02:37 AM

Looks great. Unique design, for sure.

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 02:41 AM

awesome work love the balance.

-- Owen, Lethbridge, Alberta

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 02:48 AM

Very unique and quite attractive—many innovative design elements. Thanks for sharing and welcome to LumberJocks.

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#4 posted 07-15-2014 02:57 AM

Sweet baby Jesus, that thing is nice.

It looks like what Greene and Greene would have designed if they were better than they were, and they were really great.

Well done!

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#5 posted 07-15-2014 03:02 AM

I love the design and the construction is just full of excellent workmanship. You make it look easy. But it takes a lot of skill to make it look that good.
Can you elaborate on your finish? What did you use to ebonize the maple? What are your proportions of oil and shellac? Is it rubbed in, brushed on? How many coats?
Enjoy it. Thanks for posting.

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#6 posted 07-15-2014 03:35 AM

You certainly love your work.
Thanks for sharing and welcome.

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#7 posted 07-15-2014 03:39 AM

That is beautiful.

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#8 posted 07-15-2014 03:57 AM

It’s a WOW for me! Nice detail, Your work is beautifully, nice finish, well balanced, unique, brilliant.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#9 posted 07-15-2014 04:01 AM

Nice job!I like It!

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#10 posted 07-15-2014 04:11 AM

What an awesome table. I would imagine you have quite a few hours of work in the design and construction.

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#11 posted 07-15-2014 05:04 AM

Great design
Little G&G mixed in.
Like to see you pursue this design style in more furniture.
Just a thought.

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#12 posted 07-15-2014 06:18 AM

Stunning piece of furniture.

-- Forest Grump

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#13 posted 07-15-2014 06:40 AM

WOW! When I read it was leather straps, for me that put it over the top. So unique.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#14 posted 07-15-2014 06:55 AM

Great work!

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#15 posted 07-15-2014 08:19 AM

That’s fantastic! It’s a stunning design and a great quality of build too.

Welcome to LJs – looking forward to seeing more of your projects.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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