I am officially calling this project finished. I just took some final photos of the TV Console in the shop. I’ll take a few more when it is delivered later today and I’ll put up a post later in the week showing it with all the A/V equipment loaded.
My first project using African mahogany is complete. If you look closely, you can see some cool grain on the back boards.
It has been a long time since I have worked this hard on a project. It was not unusual to spend three hours a day in the shop. That is a lot considering work and personal commitments. But, I got a lot accomplished and I also got an extension on the delivery date which helped take some pressure off, but I still had to work hard even with the extra days.
In my last post, I had cut and installed the top and the back boards. This week, I focused on sanding the back boards and adding plugs to the screw holes, cutting and attaching the moldings, completing final sanding and applying the finish, whew – a lot of work. Here is how it went…
There really is nothing fun about sanding. My sander barely lasted through this project. It is now a variable speed sander and it shouldn’t be.
Amazing that I still had my plug cutting bit for the drill press. I had not even seen it in years. But it was in the drawer I use for drill bits.
I cut the plugs flush with a Japanese pull saw. After some light sanding, some (not all) blended very well with the surrounding wood.
I use a 3/4″ round over bit to cut this profile with the router.
While sanding isn’t fun, adding molding is. The profile for the top is slightly smaller than the base molding. The spring clamp is very handy.
Like glass. I thought about boiled linseed oil for the finish, topped off with wipe on satin polyurethane. But, since I did not have a lot of time, I skipped the oil.
This is about the best looking back I have ever put on a project. Note the top: it is mostly one wide board and some cool grain changes.
Note the sun hitting the top. I have at least three coats of satin poly on it and the mahogany has a deep luster. Very nice.
The color is great and mahogany smiles when hit with natural light. I’ll use mahogany again. I’ll have some final thoughts, a critique of sorts in my next post. But for now I am tired; I’m going to go watch This Old House. 🙂