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Project: Table tops for a coffee table frame. Material: Iron, African Mahogany Approximate dimensions: 25” wide / 43” long / 16” high Finish: Maloof Oil Finish . The project was to make a top and a shelf for an iron base coffee table. The material: African Mahogany. . I have a love-hate relationship with African Mahogany. What makes this wood so beautiful, has at times been a detriment for me. The reason this wood shimmers and has a gorgeous chatoyancy, is because its grain changes direction within the same plank of wood. It is finicky to work with, but the results are gorgeous once it is tamed. . For me, it is a zen-like feeling to make a table top. Selecting the wood, cutting the pieces, jointing them, planing them and making sure that they are true and straight. Arranging the pieces into what would be a nearly seamless looking surface is a thrill for me, and I never get tired of it. Sanding comes next, followed by the finish. We just wanted to see the pure natural finish of the wood, so an oil finish was the choice. . The main challenge was the slight cupping of the wood. Wood is a living breathing, natural material. It will expand and contract, and at times - although we try our best to tame it - it likes to do its own thing. Because these tops were thin (the main top was 1/2” thick to match the thickness of the frame), they did cup a little. . Solution: I made a two braces for the lower shelf, which was the method used to attach the shelf to the frame AND flatten the piece at the same time. The top, was simply screwed into the custom slotted clips on the frame, which brought it down flush. The top was also cut 1/4” narrower, allowing an 1/8” margin on each side for expansion and contraction of the wood. . I do tell my customers that my work has a lifetime warranty: MY lifetime. Lol! If there are any problems with their piece, they can always come to me for any repairs or maintenance. Hopefully, if I maintain good health, God will provide a few
When you have a lot of sanding, the @festool Rotex is amazing. A couple quick strokes with my no.4, done. I took the 12 pieces up to 120 grit using a drum sander. These are the final parts for the rail, finishing up the bunkbeds!!
At home, not working, don’t know what to do with myself, while we wait for Baby-K’s arrival. So I built a dresser top valet for myself. This was fun and all, but I hope by the next time I post to Instagram, I will be a Daddy 👶🏼🤞🏼😊
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