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This sofa table is made of mahogany and ash. I made it for my wife because everything I make goes into someone else's house. My wife and I get to look at this everyday.

This table is my favorite because it was a breakout piece for me. It was my first piece that exhibited exceptional design and craftsmanship in comparison to the more simple projects that I had done. This was the point in which I truly got hooked on fine furniture. This table was part of the portfolio that gained me juried entrance to the Western Design Conference.

The inspiration for this table is actually Arts & Crafts. The original drawing reflects the Arts & Crafts idea that evolved when I added a curve to one of the legs. I traced the drawing over and added curves to all of the legs and stretchers.

I think some of the design elements of A&C are a little heavy and too blocky. The natural thing to do is to throw in some curves. Sweet sexy curves!

The ash that I used for the slats was actually scrap wood. I happened to find it setting next to the mahogany one day and it struck me that they would go well together. I like ash with the colored streaks in it and in order to show the pattern at it's best, I realized that slats would work better than spindles. An added benefit was that I also had fewer pieces to deal with.

I made 7 legs to get 4 good ones. In cutting curved legs it always releases tension in an unbalanced manner and they will twist.

The finish is a precat lacquer from Sherwin Williams.

Here is a good lesson for everyone: My wife and I clean our furniture with only a damp rag, we do not use furniture polish. When the top got scratched it was no problem. I used a rag wet with lacquer thinner to wipe the scratch and lightly melt the surface. I used a small brush to apply 2 coats of lacquer to the scar. After achieving the build I did a light sand over the whole top, wiped it again with a rag dampened with thinner, and resprayed it. I would defy anyone to find the scratch. Lacquer is easy to repair if it is not contaminated.

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I LOVE this one!
 

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It IS very nice. Thanks for sharing Todd.
 

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Thanks for the compliment Wayne C, but you're just a dog, what do you know?
 

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Good furnature for one thing when I see it… lol
 

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Another beautiful piece Todd. The grain and craftmanship are just outstanding. I am in the middle of doing a piece with curved legs and could have used the "7 legs to get 4 good ones" comment earlier. Glad to see that though, so I know it's not just me. LOL.

Always a pleasure to see your stuff and learn a little bit more about fine woodworking. Thanks for sharing.
 

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It may seem like I write a lot of explanation in my text. But I like to make it easy for people to glean the information without writing a tech manual. I hope it helps others further their talent.
 

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Be careful the Dog lifts his leg around Fire Hydrants, maybe even tables.

Great table Todd. I can see wood bend when you release uneven balance wood. Were the unusable legs dramatically different?
 

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Great lesson Todd. Thanks. I think the Ash contrasts nicely with the mahogany.
 

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There was a substantial amount of movement. One leg actually twisted like someone was wringing water out of it. It was pretty amazing how much it moved. None of the legs moved until the second cut was made.
 

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Todd,

As Karson said the Dog lifts his leg around maybe even table legs… Maybe that dog got to your table legs?
and it wasn't tension that caused them to twist!!!!!
 

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You have so great design skills. I'm always happy to see the next project. Keep them coming.
 

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As always, a fabulous piece, Todd. I also greatly appreciate the depth of commentary in your posts.
 

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Todd, that is absolutely spectacular. I really appreciate the explinations you give. Please don't stop teaching.
 

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Beautiful grain! Do you spray the finish?
 

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and I really appreciate the info re: caring for the finished product.

(very lovely)
 

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Another great design. I liked the way you gave the top and shelf the same curve as the legs to give them a sence of flow or movement with the legs. Well done again Todd!
 

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Todd-

Once again great table. I was wondering, are the legs curved on 2 sides. They look like the curve from front and side views. Nice work.
 

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The legs are only curved on 2 sides. That is the "secret" of curved legs. Leave the sides facing the other legs flat and curve the outsides only.

In answer to Gizmo's question: I spray everything. I do light coats, so 4 coats is average to finish. It gives good protection but does not look like plastic. People often get hung up on the number of coats, but that is actually relative to how heavy you lay it on.
 

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Absolutely fantastic.

I guess you should now be known as "Master" American Craftsman. You have my vote, what say everyone else?
 

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You mean he is not?
 
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