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Project by Lenny posted 04-20-2016 03:14 PM 1652 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw this coffee table on the cover of the Dec 2015/Jan 2016 issue of Wood magazine (Issue 237) and decided to make one for our family room. It is a large coffee table at two feet by four feet (18 inches tall) and it features a draw at each end. The author of the article made his from mahogany. I liked the look and even though I would be dying mine to match existing furniture, I went with mahogany.
The project called for 40 board feet of 4/4 mahogany. About six years ago, I purchased via Craigslist, a woodworker’s entire stock of lumber. Included were two large slabs of 6/4 mahogany. One was four feet by 28 inches and the other six feet by 28 inches. (See photo) I decided to use the lumber for this project and purchased the additional stock needed to complete it. [ Photo #6 shows the table I am replacing. It’s one I made from cherry over 20 years ago. It was the first and only time I made cabriole legs.]

I had never worked with this species before and found it to be wonderful in terms of cutting and milling. I did discover that mahogany produces very fine sawdust. Therefore I wore a dust mask for just about all processes, sawing, routing and sanding. The primary means of joinery is frame and panel with solid mahogany panels. The drawers ride on Blumotion undermount drawer slides.

For finish, as noted above, I wanted to match existing furniture (see TV stand and piano in photo #4). I used a combination of Transfast dark red mahogany and dark walnut to arrive at a pretty good match. Next, I applied a coat of sealcoat shellac and followed that up with Old Masters wood grain filler tinted with a dark brown stain. Finally, I topped it off with 3 coats of General Finishes oil and urethane topcoat. My wife really likes it so I guess I did okay.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI





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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 04-20-2016 03:38 PM

Very nice, Lenny.

Mahogany is a beautiful wood to work with!

Lee

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#2 posted 04-20-2016 04:09 PM

Lenny that came out great. What a fantastic use of those incredible pieces of mahogany. Though the one you are replacing looks good too.

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#3 posted 04-20-2016 05:02 PM

Absolutely beautiful, Lenny!!!

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#4 posted 04-20-2016 06:16 PM

Lenny that is a great piece. Nice work !

-- http://littleredshop.net "A man that works with his hands, knows his soul" " Have Fun, Go Fast, and Take Chances for Christ's Sake!!"

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#5 posted 04-20-2016 06:19 PM

Wow! You don’t come across pieces of ANY sort of lumber that nice and large every day. Great way to use them, and you did a great job on the end table. I personally don’t care for mahogany much, but you really made it look great!

-- Pete

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#6 posted 04-20-2016 07:38 PM

This is a beautiful table and lots of storage. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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English

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#7 posted 04-21-2016 12:20 AM

Beautiful table.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#8 posted 04-21-2016 01:27 AM

Thank you everyone.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 04-21-2016 11:13 AM

Great looking result!

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#10 posted 04-21-2016 12:52 PM

nice looking project. The dark finish looks good.

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#11 posted 04-21-2016 03:15 PM

Super work Lenny

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#12 posted 04-21-2016 05:56 PM

A Beauty Lenny. I have not worked with mahogany but may have to give it a try. The idea of drawers on the ends is very interesting and I think you did a great job with the finish. All in all great craftsmanship.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 04-21-2016 06:02 PM

Thank you guys.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 04-21-2016 08:40 PM

Well done!!!!!!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#15 posted 04-21-2016 10:08 PM

Thank you ohwoodeye.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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