Knock Kneed - Hall table made of maple and mahogany

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 09-11-2012 05:11 PM 2110 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to build a hall table for my MIL that is similar to the others I have done, two of which were published in the April?May issue of Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement Magazine.

This table had some specific requirements: The top was to be bird’s eye maple, and the base from mahogany. The legs and aprons are made to match an existing set of coffee and end tables owned by my MIL (store bought furniture). Careful measurements were taken from the existing pieces and then layed out for this size of table. The legs were cut to rough shape with the band saw, and then hand planed with a vintage Stanley 113 (type 1) compass plane on all four sides. The coves on the aprons were cut on the table saw, and then cleaned up with scrapers. The table top was all smoothed and scraped by hand as well.

The inlay in the top is mahogany as well, and actually consists of 7 pieces. Getting the corners to match up was very careful work. The top is finished with WB poly, while the base is finished with Danish oil and WOP. Everything is rubbed out with paste wax.

I have titled this table “Knock Kneed”

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-11-2012 05:18 PM

I really like the legs but the top is the real knock out for me. Very well done!

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#2 posted 09-11-2012 08:21 PM

Now that is a beaut!

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#3 posted 09-11-2012 09:03 PM

Innovative design.

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#4 posted 09-11-2012 09:05 PM

Wow wow and more wow.

What a great design and beautiful wood.

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#5 posted 09-11-2012 09:40 PM

Extraordinary table design! Nice color combination and a nice finish! This is an authentic form of creativity!

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#6 posted 09-11-2012 10:39 PM

Those legs remind me of an old girlfriend, in more than one way. Fond memories. Beautiful table.

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#7 posted 09-12-2012 06:03 PM

Very nice design and execution. A+

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