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  Occasional Table - African Mahogany - Chestnut stain (light) - Tung Oil based finish

     MountainHaven created this African Mahogany oval end table to meet very specific desires of the client. The client needed an oval end table with a length to width ratio that couldn't be found in commercially produced pieces.  In addition, the client was dismayed over the quality of tables offered in the mass production retail market.  This table is constructed of all solid wood using mortise and tenon joinery methods. The glass top is a custom cut sheet of 1/2" tempered glass with bevel grind around the polished edge.

     Most species of mahogany have some degree red in tonality, but specifications also required a neutral finish with very little red content in the final tonality of the finish.. This specification was met by using lightly applied chestnut stain to suppress the red values of the natural wood tone before application of the tung oil finish.. Wood inlays were applied along the center lines of the upper stretchers to provide a unique accent element.

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     The lifecycle chronology of the project is illustrated and described below. Click on any of the small images to open a full size view in a separate viewing window.

 

    The legs and stretchers of the tables have been cut and sized from a single solid plank. Band profiles have been milled near the top and bottom of each leg. In this state, the mahogany looks a bit plain
       
    The stretchers are to be attached to the legs with mortise and tenon joinery. The  tenon is visible at the end of the stretcher. Mortise slots have not yet been cut into the legs.
       
    The table frame is complete and is dry fit in this image. The bottom shelf has not yet been fabricated. Top and bottom stretcher assemblies (crosses) have been permanently assembled.
       
    A close up view of one of the mortise and tenon joints. The joint is precise and snug. It will be a strong, enduring joint for many, many years of service.
       
    One of the top joints, also a mortise and tenon joint. In the gluing process the joint will be pulled very tightly closed. A decorative wood inlay has been applied to the top of the stretcher.
       
    A close up view of the cross of the top stretcher assembly. The stretchers go through each other (2 pieces of wood, not 4). The four bands of wood inlay have been precisely mitered for a perfect cross in the middle of the assembly.
       
    A close up view for the cross of the top stretcher assembly. A very light chestnut stain has been used to neutralize the slight red tone in the mahogany. Top edges of the stretchers have also been lightly chamfered to soften their appearance..
       
    The finished table, still in the workshop. The bottom shelf is comprised of 4 pieces of mahogany layered out of one thick plank. The wood grain of the shelf has been bookmatched in the joinery process.
       

 

  African mahogany renders a beautiful grain with a pleasing tone palatte that is not heavy in contrast. Generally, other species of mahogany do not offer as rich a grain and finish with a much more monochromatic appearance.
       
    The glass top has been removed so that reflections don't distract in the photograph. Note the warm, rich tones of the mahogany in the stretchers and especially on the shelf.
       
    The top stretcher assembly with wood inlay treatment. The light touch of chestnut stain also served to make the inlay more subtle so as to avoid it becoming a dominating  feature of the table.
       
    A bit more of an eye level view of the table. This view brings out the bands of profile millwork around the tops and bottoms of the legs, which are more subtle when viewed at normal angles, standing or sitting..
       
    This view of the bottom shelf reveals a bit more of the beauty of the African Mahogany. Still, a photograph can never reveal the full beauty of the wood.
       
    The signature of the craftsman, and the year made, have been applied to the wood prior to applying the finish. The signature is on the bottom surface of the top stretcher.
       
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