Darrell Peart's Aurora Sofa Table #3: Wood Selection

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Blog entry by CaptainSkully posted 09-07-2009 06:01 PM 2766 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Being as it’s Labor Day Weekend, and I’m out of QSWO, and my lumber yard isn’t open until Tuesday, I turned from my other projects and worked with what I had, a butt-load of mahogany. My buddy was over talking boat stuff, so I asked him to give me a hand with the behemoth boards. We laid out both 3/4” x 18” x 10’ boards on the sawhorses and looked at the magnificent, flowing grain patterns. We picked out the nicest 4’ section and he helped me rough cut it out for the sofa table top.

Now, I at least have two manageable sections from either side on that one board, as the top was out of the middle of the board. It hurt to do this from an economic standpoint, but the value of the finished table improves immensely with proper grain selection.

This is the first time I’ve ever worked with mahogany, much less really dry, old growth Honduran mahogany. I’m going to relish every step. My buddy asked what it will look like finished, so I rubbed some water on the corner and he was blown away.

Top Rough Cut

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 06:25 PM

I’ll be very interested in this project. I have a beautiful slab of solid walnut that I finished some time ago for the top, but I’ve been stumped on the legs. I work at an art museum which has some beautiful ancient Chinese furniture and there is a table in the collection in which the slab of wood just sits on an open box like structure. I want to study those joints if I get a chance. I’ll try to get pictures and post and also of the walnut slab I have ready to use. Do keep me updated.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 06:58 PM

Impressive piece of wood. Cool project.

By the way…..What happened to the night stands?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 07:23 PM

Randy, that sounds like a magnificent piece of wood. I really appreciate Oriental design & joinery, so please do post anything you can find.

Giz, thanks. I ran out of quartersawn white oak, so the night stands are waiting patiently for the lumber yard to open on Tuesday morning. I ran over there Friday without making the proper pick list, so I left instead of wasting time, or worse, money. I’m also trying to stitch these blogs together, depending on the process. For example, if I have to wait overnight for a glueup on one project/blog to cook, then I’ll work on another and post accordingly. Optimizing shop time is important because it doesn’t help pay the rent.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 07:35 PM

I just realized I didn’t see your first to posts on this project. The sofa table I have in mind is quite different. The slab of single-piece walnut I have ready to go is two inches thick and 9.5 inches wide and 54 inches long. It will run behind my sofa, with no drawer.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#5 posted 09-08-2009 06:19 AM

wow…that wood is beautiful…

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#6 posted 09-18-2009 12:09 PM

Beautiful peice of wood!

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