It feels like I’ve been working on this little table forever. In calendar time, I think I’m at 9 months, but I guess that’s what happens when you go from one kid to two. Little bits here and there, dimension some stock, cut a mortise, fit a tenon. All in all, my best guess on this around 30 hours of work, but this was a bunch of firsts for me.
- First time working with Genuine Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) Man, what a beautiful wood to work.
- First table with drawer.
- First half-blind dovetails and angled at that
- First set of compound joinery, between the splayed legs and the through tenon on the stretcher
- First keyed through tenons
- First piece of furniture, not a shop project I can beat up.
- First time using shellac as a finish.
I learned a lot with this project. It looks fairly simple, but the splayed legs and the cross stretcher with the keyed through tenon make laying things out a bit challenging.
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Great piece Ben. I love the look of the Mahogany and the keyed through tenons. Is shellac the only thing you put on for a finish, or is there something like BLO underneath?
The finish schedule was one coat of Zar Early American stain, one coat of Tried & True Danish oil, heated to 120F to make application easier, and then a bunch of coats of 1LB cut Garnet shellac (from ToolsForWorkingWood.com). A bunch was probably around a dozen? All of it was ragged on.