Building a Mahogany and Wenge Table: Step by Step

By Michael Singer, Fine Woodworking | Posted: 12/24/2012 5:44AM


My client had recently renovated her waterfront apartment in San Francisco and was looking for a unique entry table to act as both a repository for keys and other small items upon arrival, as well as a statement piece on which to display flowers, and such, alongside their impressive art collection.

The footprint was constrained by the narrow dimensions of the entryway. My solution was an elliptical demilune table with two pivoting drawers. The top shape has an appropriately nautical feel, and provides the needed surface area without presenting any unfriendly sharp corners to passers by.

The under-structure of the table is highly sculptural, with a Kagan-esque feel. The two drawers pivot on ball bearings for a smooth action, and feature recesses for small items, as well as a sliding, removable inner tray that maximizes storage capacity.


Michael Singer operates Michael Singer Fine Woodworking, Felton, CA. This project was entered in the Custom Woodworking Business Design Portfolio competition for 2012.



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