A beautiful hand crafted coffee table, unique in it's makeup, this mahogany coffee table will service and last a lifetime.
It is very simple to care for your product: The varnish is polyurethane which can be kept clean with a moist cloth. However, ordinary furniture polish every now and then maintains the sheen.
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It is almost impossible nowadays to find tables constructed
from Indian Mahogany of massive dimensions therefore
it was decided to make a collection of such tables from
this log. Twelve unique tables, each of different design
and numbered with a heavy brass plate, comprise the
collection. It should perhaps be mentioned that these
tables were not designed for consumers looking for
ordinary tables. The mahogany tops are all over three
inches thick and this brochure presents the first two
tables that were made. The slab below was selected for
the project because its features suited the design of one
round and one rectangular top.
The blank for the round tabletop was reduced to its
circular shape and irregularities in its upper surface
were filled with a mixture of epoxy resin and mahogany
sawdust. The surface was block-sanded to create a perfect
flat and minor irregularities were filled again as shown in
the photographs below. The process was repeated several
times until the surface was ready to accept the first of six
coats of abrasion-resistant varnish, again block-sanding
the surface between all stages.
The blank for the rectangular table was similarly processed.
Most of the irregularities in this case were present in the
sides of the blank, and these were successively filled with
the epoxy resin / mahogany sawdust composite formulated
specifically for this project. All surfaces were then
varnished several times with increasing concentrations of
the abrasion resistant varnish before the underside of the
blank was drilled to accept the table’s legs.
It was felt that the legs of these tables should be of
minimal visual impact and not detract the eye from the
striking appearance of the mahogany tops. The material
chosen for the legs was therefore recycled high tensile
steel round bar and for everlasting rigidity each leg was set
with epoxy resin in its deep socket bored in the wood. The
illustrations below show the legs being set sequentially in
each piece, ensuring that while the resin polymerised the
wood remained perfectly horizontal and the legs perfectly
vertical and parallel with each other.
When both sets of legs were set correctly and permanently,
stiffening members were fitted to enhance the aesthetics
of each piece and maximise its structural rigidity. In the
case of the round table a single-piece wooden tray was set
below the table top at a convenient level to accommodate
everyday items that its owner might wish to have at hand.
The rectangular table was instead fitted with matching
steel stretchers and rails permanently fitted to the legs in
dense hardwood blocks.The completed tables were then prepared to receivetheir commemorative brass plates. The plate of the roundtable was bent to the circumference of the tabletop andattached to its side with brass screws and epoxy resin,while that of the rectangular table was recessed in a flatbed of epoxy resin on the tabletop surface as also shownbelow.
Nothing was rushed in this work. For example, sufficient
time was allowed for every coat of varnish to oxidise
properly before the next coat was applied. After two
months in the workshop both tables were ready for fine
finishing. In each case the wood was lightly sanded and
re-varnished several times to create a surface of high
durability. Finally, the lacquer coating on the brass plates
was removed and each was buffed to impart a lustrous
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