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The table is made from African Mahogany. The top is gilded with silver leaf, and then a patina was applied with sulfur potash to add a variety of contrasting colors and aged look to the piece. The silver leaf is sealed in with several coats of polyurethane to protect it.

The outer rim of the top is made up of segmented pieces of mahogany. Since it is not a perfect circle rather an oval shape, each segment, from the center point of the table to the edge was cut at different lengths and angles to achieve the oval shape.

To continue the semi ellipse theme, the fronts of the legs are shaped as a semi ellipse as well, and then taper to a smaller oval foot. The legs were hand shaped with a spokeshave. To attach the legs to the top, I scribed the curve of the apron and curve of the top to the back of the legs and pegged them in place with dowels from behind.

You can watch it be built on youtube




Thanks for watching
Brian Benham

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Nice table, enjoyed the video journey, good stuff. Like those legs.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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Nice table, enjoyed the video journey, good stuff. Like those legs.

Thanks for sharing.

- therealSteveN
Thanks, I think the legs make a cool stance
 

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oh ben im so dissapointed with this project…........because i dont have time to watch one of your incredible video's right now! but ill be back,hey amazing work as usual my friend.
 

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oh ben im so dissapointed with this project…........because i dont have time to watch one of your incredible video s right now! but ill be back,hey amazing work as usual my friend.

- pottz
Thanks, it'll be here
 

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You have such a great knack for design. Another beauty.

So glad I watched the video, because you method was nothing close to what I thought you did. Well done.
 

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You have such a great knack for design. Another beauty.

So glad I watched the video, because you method was nothing close to what I thought you did. Well done.

- swirt
You have such a great knack for design. Another beauty.

So glad I watched the video, because you method was nothing close to what I thought you did. Well done.

- swirt
Thanks
 

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VERY beautiful table. The grain and top really make this project stand out. Excellent job !!! Mel
 

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Nice work, the table came out great. The legs are a nice touch as far as design and execution.
 

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Brian,

Outstanding! The wood selection is perfect for the delicate design.

L/W
 

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Brian,

Outstanding! The wood selection is perfect for the delicate design.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty
Thanks I have a new found love for Mahogany
 

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Truly a fine furniture piece. I bet you put considerable thought into selecting how the wood would flow, the apron particularly; thats just stunning. This overall design has that classic appearance of a piece that might have been built 100 or 200 or 300 years ago.
 

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Truly a fine furniture piece. I bet you put considerable thought into selecting how the wood would flow, the apron particularly; thats just stunning. This overall design has that classic appearance of a piece that might have been built 100 or 200 or 300 years ago.

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Thanks, I have been saving that apron piece for yrs waiting for just the right use
 

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Amazing work Brian. A very graceful design and nice wood. I used to live in Simi Valley, Calif. and I wonder, is that where you took the name from?
 

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Very attractive piece. I always enjoy when a video accompanies a posting.
Well done.
 
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