Mahogany Table

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Project by miles125 posted 11-22-2007 11:23 PM 2020 views 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is built from salvaged Mahogany. As in the customer was moving a bookcase by herself and it turned over busting it to pieces. Turns out her ex husband built the bookcase many years ago, so it had whatever the opposite of “sentimentel” value is. hehe..She asked my to make a table for her new flat screen to sit on out of it.

The whole thing is solid Mahogany except for a little maple and walnut inlay i did in the top. Plus the drawer front i fashioned from a chunk of 8/4 walnut. I thought some of you might like the way i made this inlay so i posted a self explanatory pic of it.

The walnut drawer front was a last minute (7 hour!) artistic license excursion i went out on. Which basically translates to me finding a good way to not make as much money as i should off the project! I kind of fancy it though and am glad i gave the table that extra ummmphhh.

The table is approx 27”tall x 18”deep x 49”long. The finish is clear laquer on the natural wood.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#1 posted 11-22-2007 11:46 PM

Good looking table. Nice clean lines.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 11-23-2007 02:04 AM

I hope the customer appreciated your reduction in price.

A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 11-23-2007 02:06 AM

Well, it came out fine and I really like how you did the inlay. I’ll keep that in mind.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-23-2007 03:30 AM

exellent work miles . very nice piece and the inlay trick is very cool

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 11-23-2007 05:52 AM

Man this is just exquisite!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 11-23-2007 05:55 AM

excellent table … outstanding design and workmanship

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 11-23-2007 05:58 AM

That’s one nice looking table to put a tv on! How did you fashion the handle from the 8/4 stock? I’m assuming rasps to shape it (after a bandsaw cut?) and carving tools to hollow the hollow it??? Never safe to assume though!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#8 posted 11-23-2007 06:01 AM

Beautiful wood Miles and nice job on the inlay and table. Wow, what you can do with scraps. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 11-23-2007 06:42 AM

I like the design Miles. The inlay sets it off. Great job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-23-2007 09:47 AM

That is a beautiful table. Outstanding workmanship Miles.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 11-23-2007 11:43 AM

Thanks guys!
Dorje, you’re about right on how i did the drawer front. I’d just add that after the bandsaw cuts, the spindle end of my horizontal sander was an invaluable tool that left me minimal hand sanding to do. The recess for the finger area i did with my dremel tool.
Walnut is really a pleasure to sand and shape though. I get onto shaping something like this and consider it a form of relaxing meditation.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 11-23-2007 02:00 PM

Love the inlay trick Miles that was slick!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#13 posted 11-23-2007 03:27 PM

I’ll third a love of that inlay trick. Never seen that before. Cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 11-23-2007 03:41 PM

Very cool inlay trick.

Consider it borrowed!

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#15 posted 11-23-2007 06:04 PM

Thanks for the details miles – sounds like time very well spent.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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