Probably one of our favorites due to the nature of the project, this monkey wood and wenge wood table had both elegance and presence in the dining room. To start, we had to plane down and form the table together which seems easy until you realize Wenge is a highly toxic wood to humans. Yes, we learned that luckily the easy way using the internet! It turns out a mask and gloves were not just a suggestion but an absolute must. So, long story short, look up materials before you use them!
Wenge is the darker of the woods which was used for the boarder. While it doesn’t come through in the photo well, the grain is pretty tight and spectacular. However, as pretty as the wenge grain was, the monkey wood stole the show. We set the grain up of the monkey wood in a herringbone pattern to really accentuate the wood. Once we added a bit of stain and lacquer, the grain became truly amazing!
There is nothing more satisfying and daunting than delivering a handmade table to the customer. However, the customers were thrilled to have their table and immediately celebrated with a family gathering.