My wife, Judy, has been asking me to build a coffee table for over a year. But somehow, other projects just got in the way. Late last year, the threats grew serious and I knew it was time to get cracking on the table. It's still in progress but I'll show what I've done so far and update when I finish.
The table is mahogany and has some inlay on the top - two corners. It has a shelf below and I'll put a center marquetry design on the shelf.
Here's a view of the table without the bottom shelf.
And here's a view with the bottom shelf, but without any veneer on the top of the shelf.
I did inlay on two corners of the top of the table. Here's a closeup of one of the inlays.
And here's the marquetry which will go in the center of the bottom shelf.
Building the table, itself, is pretty easy. But the marquetry and inlay takes time. First, I have to draw the flowers (it's known as a cartoon), then make a packet of veneer, cut it on a scroll saw, then sand shade the pieces and then put it all back together. Takes a lot of time.
I though I came up with a good idea for attaching the legs, which is always a problem on coffee tables because the top is so thin. If anyone is interested, I'll post some pictures.
And, later, when I get it finished, I'll post a completion pix.