"Okapi!" Entry Hall Table

This special piece, loosely based on the famous Gamble house entry hall table, is built around the rare, dense piece of genuine Honduran mahogany used for the tabletop and legs. Mahogany this beautiful is rare now. The secondary paneling is typical of the plantation grown Honduran mahogany that one finds today (old growth mahogany is import banned). The drawer and shelf are birds eye maple veneer on hard maple. The black accents are African wenge and the white stripes are hard maple. I built this with the attention to detail I would use for my own collection. Full mortise and tenon construction. The tabletop and shelf are floated with tabletop clips. The breadboard ends float on their tenons, held on only by hidden dowels. The finish is Watco Natural Danish Oil (twice wet-sanded on tabletop, shelf and drawer front) and Watco Satin wax. Sometimes I wish the client would back out of the deal:). Hard to imagine a room or house in which this would look poorly.

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