Mahogany Sofa Table

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Project by surfdude posted 02-25-2008 06:55 PM 2585 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an exercise is using bits and pieces found in and around the shop. Found Mahogany end cuts at the local lumber yard. They were cut on the bias 6 feet long, one straight edge and the other about three inches wide at the top and 10 inches at the botton. Bought three pieces, added a walnut inlay for both top and bottom shelf. Made the legs with plywood and stained dark to give a beefier look. finished the top with satin poly and in the last four years has turned a richer darker red. It’s beautiful wood. Whole thing cost me about $40 to build.
Very sturdy too

-- surfdude

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#1 posted 02-25-2008 06:56 PM

Great use of scraps. The inlays look really nice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-25-2008 07:01 PM

Great job, and what a price! That makes it even better.

When you cut the plywood for the legs, did you cut it at 45 degrees, or just at 90 degrees and then cover it with the extra strip I see on the edges? I believe John Nixon made a video in which he was making legs with plywood, and cut his on the 45 degrees. This allowed him to make nice clean corners and hide the glue lines and edges.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 02-25-2008 07:38 PM

Great looking table dude. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 02-25-2008 07:52 PM

That is a gorgeous table- and made from scraps. The walnut inlay adds a nice detail to the piece as well.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-25-2008 08:05 PM

Pretty! Mahogany is close to replacing white oak as my favorite wood.

-- To do is to be

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#6 posted 02-25-2008 09:01 PM

Great imagination coming up with this beauty from scraps!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 02-25-2008 09:37 PM

that’s bits and pieces?? beautiful design/creation

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 02-25-2008 09:41 PM

Thanks. Being a cheapscape, I was pretty pleased with the results. Bill: I did cut each plywood piece of the legs at a 45 degree but found that I wanted more lines and a little more beef to the leg, hense the additional strips. I also think there are two or more types of plywood. Again all left overs . John: I agree, I love mahogany, but “exotic” wood is quite expensive here in Canada. I would love to work with Teak but it is really expensive.

-- surfdude

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#9 posted 02-25-2008 09:46 PM

Gives me new hope for my scrap pile – good design and execution. The table is a beauty for sure.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 02-25-2008 11:37 PM

Great table, like you I keep the scraps. You never know when you might need something.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 02-26-2008 12:08 AM

That’s what I’m talkin’ about, a beautiful project for next to nothing spent. Great job. I am lover of scraps myself. The great thing about them is if you can make them work there’s no better feeling. If you can’t, then you know what to avoid. It’s all part of the learning curve…

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#12 posted 02-26-2008 06:37 AM

wow…that is great…looks awesome and so crreative…and to thiink you have a MUSEUM piece for $40!!!

Great job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 02-26-2008 02:13 PM

That is really a nice table! The fact that it is made from cut-offs makes it ever better.

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#14 posted 02-27-2008 07:31 AM

How do you all do it? I stop and pick through trash and if I am lucky I find something that’s not particle board but it sure not Mahogany, pine or something like that. I guess someday pine will be hard to find as well. Nice design and excellent work.

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#15 posted 04-01-2008 02:01 PM

You made good use of the wood,very art deco.
done a great job of the

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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