Mahogany Nesting Tables

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Project by DaveLikeGolf posted 03-27-2008 07:19 PM 1759 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a sheet of mahogany plywood that had a beautiful book-matched grain pattern that resembled a flame. I tossed several ideas around that would highlight the pattern so it wouldn’t go to waste on the inside of a cabinet or something. Anyway, we bought new furniture for the living room recently to replace our hand-me-down couches and I tore out the 30 year old carpet to lay down some brand new Berber (saved tons of $$ doing it myself, but totally not worth the 7 days of aching knees and back) Suddenly, we needed a nice table to complete the room and I decided it would be a perfect use for that plywood.

If memory serves, the plywood center on the top of the large table is around 20 inches. The grain pattern repeats across the full 4’ of the plywood, so I still have enough left to make a close duplicate of this set. I plan to make one more set for the other side of the room.

I finished this piece with Minwax Natural Cherry stain to darken just a bit and add a little contrast to the pores, followed by teak oil. The top I coated with several applications of wipe on gloss polyurethane for protection from soda, condensation, cat paws and baby spit-up.

The construction was super simple. It was based on the Cherry nesting table plan from Wood Magazine, (the issue escapes me, but it was last year sometime). The whole project is joined with biscuits and glue, no complicated joinery. I would not stand on it to change a light bulb in the ceiling fan, but I feel confident it’s strong enough to hold my cup of coffee and remote control for years to come!

-- David, Lakeland, FL - GO BOLTS!!!

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#1 posted 03-27-2008 07:25 PM

Great looking tables. Very nice pattern on the top.

-- 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 03-27-2008 07:30 PM

geat looking table, and I agree you just can’t hide material that looks that good.

Thanks for the post.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 03-27-2008 07:38 PM

Hi David

Beautiful looking tables and great looking grain. You did a nice job on them.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 03-27-2008 08:40 PM

Absolutly stunning,,, the color is radient ….

-- A. T. Williams Creation's

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#5 posted 03-27-2008 09:09 PM

wow those have a great color to them. i have always thought that tables like that are hard to get them to match so perfectly so one slides just under the other. you did a great job and keep up the great work.

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#6 posted 03-27-2008 10:04 PM

Great tables.

-- making sawdust....

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#7 posted 03-27-2008 10:31 PM


I can well understand why you chose that particular piece of plywood. The grain pattern is gorgeous. The tapered legs lighten up the tables as well. But I love the table tops.

thanks for posting.

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

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#8 posted 03-27-2008 11:51 PM

I llike the mahogany, and the functionality of nesting tables, good work

-- Stuart, North Dakota

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#9 posted 03-28-2008 02:36 AM

This is gorgeous! It really doesn’t look like mahogany. But it is a great piece of wood and an excellent design. It really shows the figure off well.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 03-28-2008 04:38 AM

I’ve been pleasantly surprised on occasion when I found a nicely patterned piece plywood in a stack of ordinary sheets. Once you have it though, you have the challenge of doing it justice.

It is clear that you found a perfect application.

These are great! Thanks for sharing.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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#11 posted 03-28-2008 10:51 AM

Very sweet. I love the grain patterns on the tops. Good job.

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