My wife, Judy, has been bugging me to build her a coffee table for a year of more. After the threats got really serious, I decided I had better get going on it. The table will have some inlay on the top surface and will have a shelf below that can be seen through the glass in the center of the top. The shelf below will have a marquetry design, probably white roses, that I haven't designed yet.
But I have completed the inlay on the top and that's what I have a picture of here. It's actually a pretty tough job. Getting the inlay in requires very precise work. The flower and bud on the right side was especially difficult to cut into the top. Luckily, Judy wanted mahogany and mahogany is one of the easier woods to work.
Only two corners of the top have inlay - the other two corners are plain. I'm usually not satisfied with my work but I felt this inlay came out well.
[The flowers are sand shaded holly, the stem is walnut, and the green veneer is dyed.]