Mahogany Demilune Chests

By Warren Snow at Snow Woodworks in Marshall, VA.

These Demilune chests are made of African mahogany with satinwood inlay.  Demilune is a word of French origin meaning ‘half-moon’.

Each chest has three dovetailed drawers.  The brass drawer pulls are from White Chapel Hardware.  The tabletop, curved panels, and drawer fronts, feature grain-matched crotch mahogany.  The crotch grain pattern occurs within a tree trunk where the trunk splits in two.  The sequential veneers used for these chests are carefully aligned for a beautiful symmetrical effect.

The finishing recipe for this project began with an alcohol-based aniline dye to enhance the mahogany’s natural colors.  It continued with a coat of General Finishes Seal-a-Cell, and then multiple coats of General Finishes Gloss Arm-R-Seal.  Each coat of gloss Arm-R-Seal was sanded to remove imperfections as the finish thickness built.  Once the pores were suitably filled, a final coat of Satin Arm-R-Seal was applied for the desired sheen.  A buffed coat of furniture paste wax added a nice glow.

This pair of Demilunes graces the foyer of a magnificent Virginia home.

Products Used

  • General Finishes Seal-a-Cell
  • General Finishes Gloss Arm-R-Seal
  • General Finishes Satin Arm-R-Seal
  • Minwax Furniture Paste Wax

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