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    another coffee table

    Mahogany legs turned on lathe, mahogany drawer fronts, used the same piece of wood for drawer fronts, funny, they dont look the same.
    Used the mystery wood for top and aprons. (lumber guy still insists it was one of the rosewood families, I brought it into the light to shoot a picture)
    The top is very pinkish with brown-black lines going lengthwise.
    It looks nice, Im not losing sleep over what kind of wood it is, I paid under a 1.00 a bf, Im thrilled.(its very hard, sanding will be slow)
    I had some 1/2 birch ply laying around, so I used it for the 2 small drawers.
    Im sorry I used bottom cheap slides(stuff I have laying around), I should have used a bottom center slide.
    I thought about spicing up the drawer joints, by putting in walnut plugs, for the look, but it wasnt necessary, they are really not seen. Eventually I learn how to dovetail.
    Simple joinery, pocket screws, and my second mistake was using what I had laying around planed for the drawer runners. I used white oak, could not get a screw in them easily, its so hard.Stripped 3 screws before I found different ones.
    This is the unit before I cut down the top(Im putting a slight arch on sides, as per advice received here, I will flip my mdf router template so I only use one arch so each side will be similar)
    It needs a good sanding, I havent done much with sanding , but this is it before I cut down the top. Just hoping I dont mess the top up.
    Thanx to those that steered me in the right direction as far as cutting arc sides.

    Ill probably put some type of pre finisher on it, to even out any finish, then I might forgo stain and just hand wipe on poly.
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    thats some incredable looking wood. I would just use some BLO to pop the grain some clear poly.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    i agree with don on the top wood,, thats some neat stuff allen..the arched top will be a nice addition to the table.. and then your finish will do a fine job of making it another nice projects by allen!!!
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    Wonderful table Allen! Can't wait to see what that mystery wood looks like with some finish.
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    Its kinda nice having a combination of 250 years experience answering questions. Ya gotta love a place like this.
    Cut and put a little profile on the edge. I was thinking about doing an inlay, but then figured whoa, lets stay real here, besides,(Id also need a down cut bit, not sure if my dado bit will work well for that) the top will darken up and a walnut or mahogany strip may not be that noticable. Another time.
    This is the top sanded to 120 grit, all cut and ready for final sanding.
    I put a little mineral spirits on it to see the color come out.(on the last picture, there looks like theres a dent on the side next to the middle bubble on the level, but that is not there, thats just the picture. The arc has a beautiful curved transition along both sides, I used the same arc template, for all four sides.)
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    the arch adds to the table allen,, nice detail
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    Very nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    the arch adds to the table allen,, nice detail
    yes for sure.
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    thanx for the kind comments, Im going to take a piece of scrap and put some boiled linseed oil on it and let it dry a couple of days to see how it looks.

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    it is looking great.

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