|Project by Lenny||posted 04-20-2016 03:14 PM||1686 views||9 times favorited||25 comments|
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