|Project by SPHinTampa||posted 01-13-2012 04:58 PM||4205 views||6 times favorited||20 comments|
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
- 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.
- 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