|Project by DaveLikeGolf||posted 03-27-2008 07:19 PM||1376 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
I bought a sheet of mahogany plywood that had a beautiful book-matched grain pattern that resembled a flame. I tossed several ideas around that would highlight the pattern so it wouldn’t go to waste on the inside of a cabinet or something. Anyway, we bought new furniture for the living room recently to replace our hand-me-down couches and I tore out the 30 year old carpet to lay down some brand new Berber (saved tons of $$ doing it myself, but totally not worth the 7 days of aching knees and back) Suddenly, we needed a nice table to complete the room and I decided it would be a perfect use for that plywood.
If memory serves, the plywood center on the top of the large table is around 20 inches. The grain pattern repeats across the full 4’ of the plywood, so I still have enough left to make a close duplicate of this set. I plan to make one more set for the other side of the room.
I finished this piece with Minwax Natural Cherry stain to darken just a bit and add a little contrast to the pores, followed by teak oil. The top I coated with several applications of wipe on gloss polyurethane for protection from soda, condensation, cat paws and baby spit-up.
The construction was super simple. It was based on the Cherry nesting table plan from Wood Magazine, (the issue escapes me, but it was last year sometime). The whole project is joined with biscuits and glue, no complicated joinery. I would not stand on it to change a light bulb in the ceiling fan, but I feel confident it’s strong enough to hold my cup of coffee and remote control for years to come!
-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!