Kudu table

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Project by mahdee posted 05-09-2017 01:30 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased four 32” Kudu horns to make a coffee table but when they arrived, three of the horns turned in the same direction despite my request that each set of two should turn in opposite direction. So, I decided to use one of the horns for experimentation and use the other three to make a three legged table. The hornes arrive raw and using my extra horn, I carefully tried various abrasives, files and blades to bring it to a point of polish. It was very time consuming, messy and smelly process but I wasn’t about to give up on a $400 investment.
The apron is cherry and top is tiger maple. I mixed various dye colors (black, red, green and brown) to match the tabletop color to the horns. Several coats of pre-cat “hand rub” lacquer and it was done. I tried to take a picture of the top to show the grain but without the flash reflection of ceiling, sky or whatever was above would show on the picture. If you have any suggestions as to how I should remedy this, I sure will appreciate it.
Thanks for looking and your comments are always welcomed.


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#1 posted 05-09-2017 01:36 PM

Wow! Awesome work. Leaves me wanting to see more photos. :) How did you attach the horns to the base?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-09-2017 01:52 PM

Thanks swirt,
I ended up turning some 2-1/2” block leaving about 1-1/2” ends square. The turned parts were then shaped to fit inside the horns and epoxied. The square pieces were epoxied to the apron and apron attached to the top with figure 8 fasteners. The trickiest part was cutting the square tops to level the table top.


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#3 posted 05-09-2017 02:57 PM

I love it Mahdee. That would be a fantastic addition to any Man Cave where it could be truly appreciated.

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#4 posted 05-09-2017 04:09 PM

This is a very creative piece and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-09-2017 04:11 PM

Thank you Bob. Really appreciate the feedback. My cave is my shop so this has to go to my wife’s cave.


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#6 posted 05-09-2017 04:48 PM

Pretty interesting looking legs – beautiful dark colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-09-2017 07:19 PM

Cool table. But I was wondering how you leveled it – which ends of the horns did you have to trim? Or did you add some shims under the table top?
A close up of the finish on the horns would be appreciated. I like these projects that combine different materials with the wood. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 05-09-2017 08:02 PM

Thank you Ivan.
Leafherder, thanks. I’ll see if I can take some pictures this evening. Once you insert the wood inside the hollow of the horns, then you have to somehow secure the three horns together so the distance between each horn tip is equal. This one was 18×18x18 and I used blue tape to hold the horn bodies as well as clamps to hold wood blocks together. Then, with the horn tips on a flat surface, make all the final adjustments (distance between the tips and the overall look of how the horns align with each other. If you notice, the “ribs” on the two front horns meet together at the near top (the third one determines the equal distances. Once you are satisfied with the way in stands, measure the distance from the flat surface it is sitting on to the lowest portion of the wood blocks. measure a scrap wood for the same distance and drill a hole on one end of it for a pencil to go into it so you can mark an equal distance on all the three wood blocks by travelling the wood scrap on the flat surface. (Kinda frustrating because the legs get in the way but this is just to rough mark the general line)
You then take each horn and cut the lines on a bandsaw, glue/epoxy everything together and used a belt sander to make the final adjustment using the same scrap of wood with the pencil in it (if needed). My method was to turn the piece upside down and sand the wood blocks over a belt sander. I don’t think these legs can handle too much of downward pressure. So, just place your tabletop on it, do some measuring and marking the high spots on the blocks and sand the wood until the top sits leveled to your satisfaction before fastening it with figure 8”s. Let me know if you have any other questions.


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#9 posted 05-10-2017 12:18 AM

Here are some more shots:


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#10 posted 05-10-2017 11:49 AM

Stunning, Mahdee! The banding(?) in the legs compliments the tiger maple. As for the light, try a different angle so it is not reflecting into your camera lens or defusing the light with a white sheet.

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 05-10-2017 02:18 PM

Thank you Candy, I thought so too and figured matching the top to it would work better than white which was my initial thinking.
I need to take some Youtube photography classes:). I took a picture of it in the sun and it looks better.
And here is my experiment piece.


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#12 posted 05-14-2017 01:59 AM

Mahdee, if you know someone who is proficient with Adobe Lightroom they could make adjustments to the picture to bring out the color of the top. Sometimes it’s impossible for the computer chip in the camera to see things as well as your eye sees them. Outstanding work. I like the use of different materials. Very creative.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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#13 posted 05-14-2017 01:09 PM

RDW, thank you. Ill check into that.


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#14 posted 08-23-2017 12:56 AM

Man, what a creative piece! Nice work.

-- RT1

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#15 posted 08-23-2017 01:06 AM

Thank you RT1. Appreciate the feedback.


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