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Project by Kyle posted 1111 days ago 1776 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- Kyle





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klassenl

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#1 posted 1111 days ago

Can you post some dimesions?

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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superstretch

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#2 posted 1111 days ago

Your finishing technique really made this project stand out. The grain looks great, as well as the table as a whole

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Steven H

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#3 posted 1111 days ago

I assume you sprayed the shellac?

-- shdesign3.com

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Kyle

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#4 posted 1111 days ago

Thanks, Dan… Klassenl, off hand all I can think of is that the table is 19”H x 2’W x 4’L. I didn’t spray the shellac, Steven, I just painted it on with a brush.

-- Kyle

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WinterSun

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#5 posted 1111 days ago

Nice design, and the finish looks great!

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 1111 days ago

Nice lookig table, Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jonathan

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#7 posted 1110 days ago

Thanks for taking the time to give us the construction details and process you went through.

I’d agree with Dan that the time and steps you took to finish this really paid off.

What sort of feet are you going to use? Just the little furniture bumpers, or are you actually adding something on to the bottom of the legs?

It’s quite attractive. Nicely done!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Steven H

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#8 posted 1110 days ago

Usually the second time of brushing shellac ,it will be dragging when brushing, because it is the burning in.

-- shdesign3.com

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Kyle

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#9 posted 1110 days ago

Steven, you’re right about brushing the shellac… Originally I padded the shellac and I made a rookie mistake of not finishing with the grain so there were swirl marks all over. So to fix it I brushed on another coat with the grain and voila, those pad marks were gone. Hence the two coats. It was an easy fix.

-- Kyle

#10 posted 1109 days ago

Nice job on the coffee tabe I like the design.it has given me an idea for a 48” x 12” fish tank stand i have to make but I will have to include a central leg, ps did you polish the edge of the glass yourself…if not then next time you can do it youself using an old oil stone, cut a v groove it the oil stone then keeping it well oiled carefully polish the edges of the glass, this method we use to employ to polish the edges of post office glass counter screens

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NBeener

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#11 posted 1109 days ago

Simple.
Elegant.
Beautifully constructed.
Great choice of wood, with great grain patterns.
Tastefully finished.

Yeah. I love it.

-- -- Neil

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