Mahogany hall table

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Project by lateralus819 posted 08-11-2013 02:47 AM 2283 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a recently finish hall table i made for my mother and father in law as a thank you. It’s african mahogany for the aprons/legs. Curly maple for the drawer fronts, quartersawn sapele for the top, mahogany stringing, holly stringing. 2 coats of danish oil.

This one was a whole new learning curve for me. First time doing any inlay, first time doing drawers, tapered legs. Not to mention my first time building anything this substantial and its only my 2nd piece of furniture. I like to think I’m making progress. It tested my patience in more ways then one but i succeeded.

Went through 2 other tops, first on ended up being bowed beyond use, 2nd one i kind of rushed and when i was routing for the inlay, i thought i hit my release trigger for my plunge router and set it down on the top, turns out the bit was protruding out 1/8” and left a nice recess. Ended up succumbing to my anger heh.

2nd face frame, first one i wasn’t happy with how the glueup came out, so i decided to redo it.

2nd batch of legs, first set was sapele, but upon starting the mortises i noticed one was bowed so i opted for new stock.

Cost me a bit in tools as i bought a leigh super 12 and a ridgid palm router, but I’ll get some good use out of both of them. All in all I’m happy with it and can’t wait to use what i’ve learned on future projects.

The look on their face was PRICELESS. The reason i went with the federal style for inspiration was because my inlaws are what you might call furniture aficionados. They have quite a few nice pieces. Their whole house is woodworking mastery, i must say. All quartersawn white oak. It’s just gorgeous! My father in law was actually feeling inside to see what kind of joints i used! I was quite surprised.

I know it’s not perfect and i can live with it surprisingly. I’ll definitely use what i’ve learned in the future.

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#1 posted 08-11-2013 02:59 AM

lateralus…..Wow man it looks great !.....A lot of “first times” for us all. You persevered through it all…excellent job

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 04:31 AM

Really beautiful hall table…nice fine tapered legs with string inlay, beautiful wood colour choices.
Awesome job…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 08-11-2013 05:24 AM

Wonderful table great job.

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 12:12 PM

It’s a beautiful piece.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 08-11-2013 01:17 PM

Impressive to say the least. You did a fantastic job.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 08-11-2013 02:43 PM

It’s a lovely piece. Definitely want to try something like it someday.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 08-11-2013 03:08 PM

Btimmons, please do and share! It was extremely fun and challenging. I would love to make another one in the future with what I’ve learned. I wanted to do more inlay, but since I’m getting married in 3 weeks, time was very limited. I used a plan i found online that was actually for a shaker table, adapted it to suit me and this is what i got.

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#8 posted 08-11-2013 03:26 PM

Very attractive table—well done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 08-11-2013 11:05 PM

Beautiful – I’m sure it will be a highly treasured heirloom.

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#10 posted 08-12-2013 01:20 AM

I’m sure they are proud. You’ve done a great job and took the time to do it right.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#11 posted 08-12-2013 08:56 AM

Good work.This is awesome.This one table will change the outlook of your hall completely and you will notice the difference yourself.The hall tables come in various sizes, so you can easily get the table according to the size of your hall.

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#12 posted 08-12-2013 04:51 PM

Cool !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#13 posted 08-14-2013 02:14 PM

That table looks elegant and classy. Great design and finish. I’m sure you earned lots of points from the in laws. Excellent work!

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#14 posted 08-14-2013 11:09 PM

Yes, many points! They’re already spreading the word.

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