Mahogany Hall Table

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Project by Don posted 11-12-2009 06:38 PM 2916 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife wanted a hall table made so she could display her Christmas village at Christmas (of course).

The top is made from a 6/4 solid piece of Chamoire Mahogany with some gorgeous figuring to it. The white band is Maple and the outside strip is Jatoba.

The rails are made from Chamoire Mahogany as well and the legs from Sapele.

I used the Miller Dowel system to join the rails to the legs, thus the white dots. M&T jpinery on the legs but it was difficult trying to get clamping pressure on the front and back rails as they tended to want to compress because of the design. Took a bit of ‘persuasion’ to finally get the joints closed up.

I sealed the top with Polymerized Tung oil followed by three coats of high lustre Tung oil, followed by two coats of Wipe on Poly. I sanded between coats with 0000 steel wool.

The legs and rails received two coats of the Wipe on Poly.

Hope you like and thanks for viewing :o)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 11-12-2009 06:43 PM

Beautiful. I see your from ottawa. I am curious as to where you buy your wood?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 11-12-2009 06:46 PM

Hey Rex….
Thanks for the comment.

I buy all my wood from KJP Select Hardwoods (

Great folks out there.

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#3 posted 11-12-2009 07:46 PM

A very nice design – and I like the look of the dowels as well. I am still looking for an excuse to make the two hour drive to KPJ… ;)

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#4 posted 11-12-2009 08:11 PM

Me too. By looking at the website I was under the impression that they were into pen blanks and veneer. I did not realize that you could get large pieces like this. The next time I’m in ottawa I’m gonna stop for sure. It’s been a while since I visited their website. Gonna have to check again.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 11-12-2009 08:34 PM

WOW… elegant design and great build. The legs are similar to a TV stand I built (its on my projects page). Nice work all around!

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#6 posted 11-12-2009 08:43 PM

I really like this design and the completed table. I wasn’t so sure about the lighter colored dowels, but after I saw the maple strip on top, I thought they went well with the overall look.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#7 posted 11-12-2009 09:51 PM

Very nice! At some point I want to work with Mahogany myself. Good inspiration.

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#8 posted 11-12-2009 10:47 PM

Do you have to worry about warping when using a board this wide for a table top? I was under the impression its best to cut down a board and then glue it together in order to prevent possible warping. Obvsiouly, one piece of lumber looks much more attractive thn 2-3 glued together…..

-- dcutter

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#9 posted 11-12-2009 11:07 PM

Nice design. I like the contrasting woods. It has a bit of an Asian feel to it. I like it.

-- Tim from Iowa City, IA

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#10 posted 11-12-2009 11:59 PM

Nice haul table.

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#11 posted 11-13-2009 12:12 AM

I remember from my woodworking classes that if you are joining a bunch of boards together, you shouldn’t use anything wider than 4 inches (I think it was 4) but I think there’s some inherent stability in one large piece.

First time I’ve used one large piece for a tabletop. If anyone else has more info, feel free to add in here.

Too late for me to change anything now so I’ll have to keep my fingers crossed :o)

I think it’s the shape of the legs that give it the Asian feel….

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#12 posted 11-13-2009 12:19 AM

Wow Don great table super wood very nice finish too.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 11-13-2009 12:46 AM

Well Done.

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#14 posted 11-13-2009 03:02 AM

Nice table. I like the curve legs and rails.

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

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#15 posted 11-13-2009 03:13 AM

I really like the design, very nice work.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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