Figured Red Oak and African Mahogany End Table

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Project by chuk posted 01-20-2020 02:22 AM 464 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Slowly adding some of the projects I’ve done over the years. In making this I wanted to experiment with a different way to make an apron. I fell in love with the designs at Mokuzai Furniture and wanted to try my hand at one of his apron designs, but then decided to add a tusked tenon. I cut the joinery all by hand. The legs are African Mahogany. Tapered on the inside edges on the bottom, and tapered on the outside edges at the apron. That made the walnut keys a trapezoidal shape cross-sectionally. The keys can be removed, and the sides disassembled.
The top is a piece of figured red oak I fished out of a few thousand board feet of red oak that eventually became the trim in my dad’s house. It’s attached with a peg through a cleat at the midline on both sides, and can be removed. Finished with polymerized tung oil from Sutherland Welles. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 01-20-2020 02:54 AM

Interesting design.
I haven’t seen sideways tusks tenons like this before. Very cool and unique. I think you are onto something here!!!
Keep it up!

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#2 posted 01-21-2020 02:59 PM

Nice joinery. A fun play on design by accentuating the wedges.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 01-22-2020 04:00 PM

That’s gorgeous, Chuk! That figured oak top is outstanding.

-- Matt - Colorado

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