Bedside table of mango and spalted hackberry

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Project by Bernspen posted 06-03-2020 02:53 PM 554 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hereby claim the only piece of furniture ever made from mango (the legs) and spalted hackberry (top, aprons, shelf) The handle and the dowels holding the shelf are walnut. The dowels holding the shelf are because I didn’t have enough hackberry to bridge the space! I really like the floating shelf, but it’s a result of a desperate attempt to compensate for not buying enough lumber.

A friend in the lumber business glued up some 2-by hackberry to make a guitar body for a guy, who never came to pick it up. I bought it because I like spalted, and besides, I figured I could use it for something someday. That’s the top.

The mango I bought because . . . it’s mango. How often do you see mango in a wood store (In this case, Keim lumber in Charm, Ohio)? It was a long piece, 2×2, and I figured maybe legs to something someday.

Dovetails are hand cut, if we can agree that “handcut” means I held the router in my hands in the Porter-Cable jig.

Several coats or water based poly.

AND, I get to say to the wife, “See, those pieces of wood I buy to make something someday? Sometimes I really do.”

-- We have met the enemy, and he is us.

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#1 posted 06-03-2020 03:42 PM

Absolute beautiful choice for this combo of woods!
Its a stunning piece and half the fun is coming up with solutions (not having enough wood). No one would have guessed that was the case because it is a gorgeous piece/design.
Beautiful work.

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#2 posted 06-03-2020 04:36 PM

beautiful little table and i agree your probably the first to use mango wood ive seen.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 06-03-2020 11:18 PM

Wow !!! this is some gorgeous wood, on what planet you live, I’m jealous ( almost ) keep on the good work, and keep on finding wood of exception. Bravo.

-- andrek

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#4 posted 06-04-2020 03:59 AM

Beautifully textured piece. Nicely done. Believe it or not, I picked up a couple of boards of mango and a board of macadamia to “make something someday” too. Still waiting for the day.

-- Huh? Whadaya mean it ain't "measure once cut twice"?

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#5 posted 06-04-2020 02:44 PM

Wonderful stuff turned into a nice table. Well done. I made a coat rack out of mango and I wish I had more, it is beautiful wood.

-- Galootish log blog,

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