Waterfall Bubinga/Mahogany Sofa Table

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Sofa table created from mahogany and waterfall bubinga.

The compound legs where inspired by a recent visit to the Cathedral at Chartres (my wife gets embarrassed when I take a bunch of pictures of the columns and the molding details).

Construction details include:
- Veneered table top, pressed using clamps and cauls
- Lock mitre joints for compound legs
- Dowels connecting feet
- Loose tenon joinery for table base

Finishing details:
- 4 coats of Tung Oil for table top
- General finish light walnut oil for table base
- 5 coats spray lacquer top coat

I received a great deal of help/suggestions on finishing from a number of people on this site, which I really appreciate.

Lessons learned:
- Need to buy a veneer press, it is too easy to get bubbles/wrinkles in the veneer on large pieces
- Would not use miter joints on table top a second time, too hard to get a tight fit on a table this size
- Would use biscuit joints to align veneered table surface with outer rails. Not needed for strength but would have helped stop creep during clamping which caused minor but frustrating mis alignments.

If you are interested in further details, I created a nine part blog of it’s construction here.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#1 posted 931 days ago

Beautiful table.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#2 posted 931 days ago

Wow, it’s beautiful, especially the bubinga. Very nice job.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#3 posted 931 days ago


-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#4 posted 931 days ago

nice build. sort of a shame to hide this behind the sofa ;)

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#5 posted 931 days ago

The bubinga is stunning. Great work!

-- "Down in the arena are the doers. They make many mistakes because they attempt many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and a spirit of adventure." -- Gen. David M. Shoup

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#6 posted 931 days ago

Nice job Shawn! I know what you mean about the miter corners, I have trouble on much smaller furniture.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#7 posted 931 days ago

Beautifull wood, elegant design, good looking execution. Bravo!

Ps. I enjoyed the blog too. Thanks for posting.

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#8 posted 931 days ago

Beautiful….thanks for sharing with us…

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#9 posted 931 days ago

Beautiful table Shawn

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#10 posted 931 days ago

The top looks great of course, but I can see a lot of effort went into crafting those legs, too. Cool design work.

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#11 posted 931 days ago

What a great table! Love the wood and the finish great flow to this!

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

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#12 posted 931 days ago

Stunning! That is some amazing grain!

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#13 posted 931 days ago

Ya made this gorgeous table and then hid it BEHIND the sofa…go figure. When I die, I want to come back as a bubinga tree, so at least in that incarnation, I’ll be admired. :^)

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#14 posted 930 days ago

Great job and that grain WOW. Could you tell us where the veneer is from.

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#15 posted 930 days ago

great job, i love bubinga. i quit using lock miters years ago in favor of the miterfold as it requires no clamps and never fails

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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