|Project by Ottacat||posted 02-12-2014 01:03 PM||1746 views||10 times favorited||18 comments|
This is a set of end tables I made for my living room. The bases are cherry ebonized using a process of bark tea and a vinegar / steel wool mix. The tops are pelin burl in a frame of mahogany with an ebony inlay.
The full build process is documented in this blog – http://lumberjocks.com/Ottacat/blog/series/7050
I chose cherry for the bases because it is a nice tight-grained wood that is known to ebonize well. I used the ebonizing process outlined in this article in Popular Woodworking.
The overall style of the end tables is heavily influenced by Anthony Buzak.
Both the bases and the tops were assembled using dominos. The dominos in the tops both held the mitred corners together as well as aligned the wood frame evenly with the veneered panel. I did the veneering in a vacuum press.
For the the finishing I dyed the mahogany frames with GF light brown dye stain and then finished with several coats of gloss Arm-R-Seal and then finished with two coats of satin Arm-R-Seal that were wiped on.
This was a fun and interesting build and I’m very pleased with the results.