Sofa Table With Granite Insert

I was selected to build a Mission style sofa table with some granite scraps from the clients kitchen. I used elements of Mission furniture such as through tenons, side slats, shelf, similar dimensions, and corbels, but that is where the similarities end. The top and shelf are cherry with Chinquapin (A type of local Chestnut) edging. The legs and slats are some type of tropical mystery hardwood from a shipping crate. The drawer pull is hand carved from Zircote, a dense South Americal hardwood. The drawer front and front/side panels are spalted maple, found on pallets.

The top is "floating" which I accomplished by adding a thin strip of 1/8" veneer painted black to accentuate the gap. There were 32 mortise and tenon joints in total, 8 of which are the through tenons used on the legs. Since I don't have a mortiser, I used a forstner bit on my drill press and cleaned them up with chisels.

The mystery wood was extremely colorful, but too much so. To tone it down a notch and help it relate to the green granite, I used universal colorant to tint linseed oil to an olive green color. I applied this to everything except the spalted maple panels. After a few successive coats of oil, and giving it a week to dry, I used multiple coats of shellac to seal it and bring up the shine. The top and shelf also received a few coats of wipe on polyurethane, then carnuba wax to bring it to the shine and texture I wanted.

To keep the feet from scratching, I used 1/8" cork, cut to size, and glued it to the feet with contact cement.

And that's about it!

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