|Project by Kyle||posted 07-08-2011 05:51 AM||2345 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
This is the first coffee table I’ve ever built and for some reason I chose to make it out of African mahogany. The grain caught my eye when I was at the store so I decided to fork out the dough and went for it. It’s all mortise and tenon in the legs and aprons which are held together with corner braces and glue and the table top is also mortise and tenon locked with dowels in slotted holes in the outer part of the tenon for movement (which you can faintly see in picture two). The legs and aprons were all mortised by hand and when I made the table top I ended up buying a bench top mortiser which made the whole process exponentially easier. I’m not too sure about the blocks (picture three) I made to hold the table top to the aprons because of wood movement but I’m praying they’ll hold up through time. The finish is two coats of transfast dye brown mahogany full strength (picture four has one coat of just dye), one coat of boiled linseed oil, two coats of 1/2 lbs cut dewaxed garnet shellac to seal it, and on the top there’s three coats of minwax clear satin polyurethane. I bought some custom made beveled glass to throw in the center and now I’m done. I’ve got some wood left over which I’ll probably make some coasters to match but also to help preserve the table. Picture one is the table freshly finished but without glass in the center, picture six is a good look at the grain, and picture five is the table complete and ready for some feet. Thanks for looking!