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Project by douglbe posted 07-25-2009 09:57 PM 2237 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this table for my wife, it is made from Red Oak, Poplar drawer sides, and Red Mahogany inlay. First time I have done any inlay work and I must say, I am very pleased with the way it came out and wasn’t as difficult as I thought it would be. I thought about using walnut for the inlay, but the mahogany definitely is a better match with the red oak. I finished with 8 coats of thinned Tung Oil and still have a coat of wax to put on when the oil fully cures. The boxes in the last photo are not mine, these were made by my Uncle who is now 92 years young and had just recently gave up his wood working. The boxes he has made are cherished in our family and I am glad to have a few of them, he did exceptional work.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 10:20 PM

Beautiful Table!!

I really like the Shaker influence.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 11:04 PM

yeah, great boxes. I suspect you could learn a lot from that gentleman… oh, the table… yeah, it’s nice too… !!

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 07-25-2009 11:14 PM

Beautiful table and boxes. Very nice job on all of them. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 07-26-2009 12:06 AM

Love the table. Can you give me some detail on the lower shelf.. I am just about to start a project and want the same type of lower shelf.

Thank you,

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matt garcia

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#5 posted 07-26-2009 02:01 AM

Thar is a FINE table!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 02:41 AM

Hey Doug
very nice table well done

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 02:49 AM

Casper, I cut the dadoes for the shelf by hand, I was going to cut them before I glued the aprons and legs together, but I forgot to, so I used a small hand saw and chisel, which actually worked quite well and the shelf fit perfectly. No screws, just glued. I didn’t cut the dadoes very deep, only a half inch from the inside corner of the leg.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 03:03 AM

Absolutely a beautiful table. I cannot get over the grain match on the drawers. Nice work.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 05:38 AM

Without a doubt , this is the most nicely proportioned table that I have seen here in a very long time ! The inlay is beautiful and I did think it was Walnut until reading your post …. Very nice grain match on the front apron and drawers . Are the handles also Mahogany and did you make them as well ? The shelf is also a nice addition : )

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Monty Queen

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#10 posted 08-25-2009 06:50 AM

Doug: You do reall good work ,i love that inlay, your table turned out great. Keep up the excellent work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 09-29-2009 12:47 AM

Thats a beautiful table.

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#12 posted 02-03-2010 11:04 PM

Oak is one of my favorite woods, and your table really shows off its beauty. When working with such simple, clean lines, it’s easy to mess up the whole idea with too much decoration or ornamentation. To the contrary, your inlay does a wonderful job of accenting everything about the design. Congratulations!

-- Dave O.

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