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Mahogany and Leather Side Table

comments (4) July 8th, 2014 in Reader's Gallery

WoodShrew WoodShrew, member
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I came across an incredibly lovely board of Santos mahogany one day, with swirls of vanilla and orange in the grain, that board is what inspired the whole piece.  The legs are ebonized maple with a coat of Java gel stain over the top to soften/warm the black, the rest is Santos mahogany and ebony.  Features double wedged through tenons and a breadboard table top in the primary structure, while the cabinet carcass is hand dovetailed and suspended from three double-stitched leather straps.  Straps are pinned underneath and run through the shuttle style grip attached to the carcass then attached strongly to the stretchers on the primary structure.  Aside from the pins underneath the leather straps are free from the wooden elements and can be easily replaced if/when worn.  The door is hung on Soss invisible hinges and the closure method is two magnets, one embedded inside the lock style and the other in the front corner of the interior shelf.

The entire piece is finished with teak oil and shellac...in the future I will remember to rub out the finish before installing the leather, probably much less awkward that way.

It was a wonderful and fun project aside from fussing with the blacking of the legs around the through tenons, that was pretty troublesome.  Definitely going to make a version 2.0 in the future!  :)


Design or Plan used: My Own Design - Suspension Side Table

posted in: Reader's Gallery, table, cabinet, dovetails, arts and crafts, tenons, mahogany, asian inspired, ebony, brass


Comments (4)

DelicateTouch DelicateTouch writes: This is exactly why I'm getting into woodworking!! Awesome!!
Posted: 10:13 pm on August 7th

Drop_Bear Drop_Bear writes: Pretty, pretty, pretty good. I have a twisted mind and want to see version two have a cage suspended instead with a little troll inside.
Posted: 12:02 pm on July 10th

WoodShrew WoodShrew writes: Thank you, mokusakusensei! That comment means a lot to me, as my first pieces tended to be far too busy (woodworking disco party?), tasteful is certainly a concern for me.
Posted: 2:07 pm on July 9th

mokusakusensei mokusakusensei writes: VERY well done! Really tasteful.
Posted: 6:37 pm on July 8th

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