A Pretty Pair

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Project by ErikF posted 08-02-2012 02:23 AM 1584 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A set of end tables I just finished for a lady locally and am really happy with the way they turned out. The two woods are santos mahogany and toasted maple…both show a beautiful figure under the poly.

14” deep
28” wide
27” tall

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 03:01 AM

A handsome pair of tables. What exactly is “toasted maple” ?

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 03:18 AM

Toasted maple is soft maple that goes through a special kiln process to caramelize the the sugars in the wood…the caramelized sugars give the wood its color.

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#3 posted 08-02-2012 09:01 AM

Great looking tables, I’m sure she is real happy!

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#4 posted 08-02-2012 12:49 PM

Wow! These are very nice, well executed! I love the wood choice.

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 09:43 PM

Hey – beautiful tables. Are you not at all worried about the longer boards of the glue up expanding across the grain and cracking the shorter ones (perpendicular)? Or do you have some hidden joinery to limit wood movement?

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 11:03 PM

The tongue and groove joint is only glued along the center board to allow for freer movement. Also, I have used this method before on similar pieces and so far have had good luck and the roasted maple moves very little due to the kiln process it goes through.

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#7 posted 08-20-2012 10:16 PM

Ah that makes sense – I missed those images. Do you have any kind of trick for getting the tongue to be the same length as the groove (ie not having any kind of gap)?

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