Carved Mahogany Dining Table

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Project by Les Hastings posted 02-04-2008 01:00 AM 2123 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did this table about 13 years ago or so, again these are scanned photo’s so the quality isn’t very good.

The pedestal’s on the base’s were staved together and had a hollow center. Then I turned them on the lathe to shape and layed out the leaves and carved those by hand. The ball’s around the base and the claw feet were hand carved as well. The center spindle post in the second picture was removable, it was only needed when all the leaves were in place making the table 16’ in length.

I can’t seem to find any pictures of the top. It had a center of ribbon strip mahogany and about a four inch band in another kind of veneer. Sorry don’t remember what kind.

As you can tell by the pictures all the carvings were gold leafed and the top had a high gloss.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 02-04-2008 01:10 AM

One word. (Beautiful)
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#2 posted 02-04-2008 01:40 AM

This is gorgeous. The gold leaf really contrasts well with the mahogany.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-04-2008 01:41 AM

Another WOW!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 02-04-2008 05:42 AM


Every time I look at your projects I’m demoralized. When will I get any where close to your skill level? I have to get more serious about my carving, I guess, but it is hard with so many (woodworking) distractions.

The table is gorgeous, as are your other projects. Thanks for taking the time to post these projects.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#5 posted 02-04-2008 06:31 AM

Fantastic job!

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

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#6 posted 02-04-2008 06:40 AM

Great carving. A nice 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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#7 posted 02-04-2008 11:44 AM

Man, that is one fantastic table. Great job.

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#8 posted 02-04-2008 12:27 PM

Ummm….wow again? I mean, what else is there to say? ;)


-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#9 posted 02-04-2008 01:41 PM

oh my goodness ….. stunning

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#10 posted 02-04-2008 06:31 PM

Beautiful, Les. How long did it take you to carve each post?

-- Being nice gets you stuff!

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#11 posted 02-05-2008 02:03 AM

Thanks everyone for you kind comments, they mean a lot!

Its been a very long time ago but I think it took a couple of days to carve the leaves on each post. The feet about five hours a piece. Not sure on the balls around the base.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#12 posted 02-06-2008 03:07 PM

That is really stunning.

-- Jiri

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