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Simi Elliptical Table with silver leaf gilded top

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Project by BenhamDesign posted 11-21-2019 11:50 PM 757 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The table is made from African Mahogany. The top is gilded with silver leaf, and then a patina was applied with sulfur potash to add a variety of contrasting colors and aged look to the piece. The silver leaf is sealed in with several coats of polyurethane to protect it.

The outer rim of the top is made up of segmented pieces of mahogany. Since it is not a perfect circle rather an oval shape, each segment, from the center point of the table to the edge was cut at different lengths and angles to achieve the oval shape.

To continue the semi ellipse theme, the fronts of the legs are shaped as a semi ellipse as well, and then taper to a smaller oval foot. The legs were hand shaped with a spokeshave. To attach the legs to the top, I scribed the curve of the apron and curve of the top to the back of the legs and pegged them in place with dowels from behind.

You can watch it be built on youtube


Thanks for watching
Brian Benham

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 11-22-2019 12:26 AM

Nice table, enjoyed the video journey, good stuff. Like those legs.

Thanks for sharing.

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BenhamDesign

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#2 posted 11-22-2019 12:40 AM



Nice table, enjoyed the video journey, good stuff. Like those legs.

Thanks for sharing.

- therealSteveN


Thanks, I think the legs make a cool stance

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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pottz

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#3 posted 11-22-2019 01:50 AM

oh ben im so dissapointed with this project…........because i dont have time to watch one of your incredible video’s right now! but ill be back,hey amazing work as usual my friend.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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BenhamDesign

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#4 posted 11-22-2019 02:02 AM



oh ben im so dissapointed with this project…........because i dont have time to watch one of your incredible video s right now! but ill be back,hey amazing work as usual my friend.

- pottz


Thanks, it’ll be here

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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swirt

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#5 posted 11-22-2019 02:48 AM

You have such a great knack for design. Another beauty.

So glad I watched the video, because you method was nothing close to what I thought you did. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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BenhamDesign

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#6 posted 11-22-2019 02:50 AM



You have such a great knack for design. Another beauty.

So glad I watched the video, because you method was nothing close to what I thought you did. Well done.

- swirt


You have such a great knack for design. Another beauty.

So glad I watched the video, because you method was nothing close to what I thought you did. Well done.

- swirt


Thanks

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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mel52

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#7 posted 11-22-2019 03:07 AM

VERY beautiful table. The grain and top really make this project stand out. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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awsum55

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#8 posted 11-22-2019 03:58 AM

Nice work, the table came out great. The legs are a nice touch as far as design and execution.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#9 posted 11-22-2019 06:52 AM

Brian,

Outstanding! The wood selection is perfect for the delicate design.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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BenhamDesign

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#10 posted 11-22-2019 06:57 AM



Brian,

Outstanding! The wood selection is perfect for the delicate design.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty


Thanks I have a new found love for Mahogany

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#11 posted 11-22-2019 07:16 AM

Truly a fine furniture piece. I bet you put considerable thought into selecting how the wood would flow, the apron particularly; thats just stunning. This overall design has that classic appearance of a piece that might have been built 100 or 200 or 300 years ago.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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BenhamDesign

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#12 posted 11-22-2019 07:19 AM



Truly a fine furniture piece. I bet you put considerable thought into selecting how the wood would flow, the apron particularly; thats just stunning. This overall design has that classic appearance of a piece that might have been built 100 or 200 or 300 years ago.

- wildwoodbybrianjohns
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Thanks, I have been saving that apron piece for yrs waiting for just the right use

-- What I do in and out of the shop at http://www.BrianBenham.com

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#13 posted 11-22-2019 11:06 AM

Great design! It is a work of art. Thank you for posting.

-- Petey

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#14 posted 11-22-2019 12:54 PM

Beautiful Table, I love the design!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 11-22-2019 07:17 PM

Amazing work Brian. A very graceful design and nice wood. I used to live in Simi Valley, Calif. and I wonder, is that where you took the name from?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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