|Project by Woodwrecker||posted 02-26-2017 04:09 AM||1150 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
I have upcoming knee replacement surgery scheduled and I needed a nice bed tray for eating and using the laptop during recovery.
I had a beautiful piece of African Mahogany in the shop left over from a recent cabinet project and I couldn’t think of a better project to use it for.
Mahogany is pretty pricey, but it is a pleasure to work. Milling, shaping, joining and finishing is a dream with this wood.
The piece was pretty straight forward and I didn’t have any real plan.
I sat on my bed and took a few measurements with a tape measure and just started in.
I wanted it to be able to fold away after use for storage so I made the legs collapsable.
I wanted the larger section to be able to raise up to different heights for reading and such.
And I wanted it nice to look at and sturdy.
I think I accomplished all these things.
As the build was nearing completion, I had to use a round-over bit to soften the edges of the top, and just goofing around, I dug out a few of my ornamental profiling bits and gave the sides, legs, and raiser the treatment as well.
The finished measurements are approximately 26” wide, 13” deep and about 12” high when open. (about 2 1/2” when closed.)
The finish consisted of Linseed Oil and water based Polyurethane. Rubbed out real well and a coat of wax applied.
I think it is almost impossible to make something out of Mahogany that doesn’t look nice…haha
This is a LOT nicer than the cheap pine ones I was looking at buying on-line.
And it was a lot of fun to make.
Here a couple detail shots.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.
-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris