Mahogany Table and Bench

Custom Mahogany Table Top

Have you ever found a beautiful piece of wood or collection of tiles and thought, “What a great piece of furniture this would make!”.   It could be a chair, table, bench, or piece of wall art, I just need a way to capture it.  That’s where Noble Forge comes in to help.  We make custom furniture and hardware for your residence or commercial property with your design elements in mind.  It all starts with an inspiration.  In this case, it was a beautiful piece of mahogany.  

Custom Mahogany Table Drawing for Custom Table

Our clients had a stunning piece of wood that they wanted turned into a custom table and bench for their outdoor living space.  They had a vision.  The clients contacted us with drawings for the base and legs for both pieces.  Drawings for a design don’t have to be ornate, or complicated they just need to contain the right information to portray the dimensions and detail involved to create the piece.  Once we have that information, we may need some clarification and to discuss the color or texture but other than that, we know how to bring your vision to life.

Mahogany Bench Drawing

One of the benefits of working with an artisan blacksmith.  The drawings for the table and bench base and legs were captured in these drawings.

Noble Forge has been making custom made pieces of furniture for years.  We have a level of expertise, a desire for the highest quality and craftsmanship that our customers have come to know and appreciate.  Made in America of the highest quality is the foundation of our work.

Custom Mahogany Table by Noble Forge

We can build your vision.  Based on the drawings provided we forged the base structure and legs to allow these amazing pieces to come together to make an incredible outdoor patio table and bench.

Custom Mahogany Bench by Noble Forge

It is furniture that is unique, functional and built to last.  Do you have an inspiration?  Do you need custom hardware to make a valued piece captured in such a way that it provides function and design?  Perhaps you want to display an artistic piece with beautiful hardware?  Whether functional art or design only, your custom piece will add beauty to your home or work space.  Noble Forge can build that custom piece or hardware that will last the test of time, while honoring your taste and creativity.  We can forge the specific hardware you need to hang, display, give life to your vision in metal.  Contact Noble Forge whenever you are in need of some custom metal or iron work.  We can help you!!

Custom Mahogany Table and Bench

What does it mean to Forge Weld?

Phillip Bowling, Noble Forge, Artist Blacksmith

Forge welding is a solid-state welding process, joining two pieces of metal by heating them to a high temperature and then hammering them together. That’s right, HAMMERING!  It’s simple but it’s not easy.  Forge welding has been used for thousands of years. Forge welding is versatile, being able to join (heat, melt, intermingling the two metals and then cool) a host of similar and dissimilar metals. Unfortunately with the invention of electrical and gas welding methods during the Industrial Revolution, forge welding has been largely replaced.  Why?  Because it’s quicker, easier and less expensive.  But is it better?  No!  It’s like margarine.  Sure, margarine is good for some things, like baking but it is not butter.  If you are having an exquisite meal at an exclusive restaurant, do you think they are serving you margarine or butter?  Butter!!  Why?  Because margarine is an imitation of butter.  Butter is authentic.  It comes from the milk of a cow and is churned, margarine is mixture of oils and flavors.   The texture, quality and feel of metals when forge welded are like butter.  Forge welding is the original and all other processes of welding are a replacement for the original method.  When you think of forge welding think of butter and all the other types of welding are margarine.

When we forge weld similar materials, a solid-state diffusion occurs (think “one solid piece”). As a result, the weld consists of only the welded materials without any fillers or bridging materials. Two pieces have been joined to create one piece.  “Fillers” – we hear about fillers all the time in our food, they are additives.  The main purpose of fillers is to reduce the cost of the products and it is true for metal works as well.

Hammered Metal, Phillip Bowling, Artist Blacksmith, Hammered Metal

Forge welding between dissimilar or different materials causes a lower melting temperature between the materials. There is a fancy science term for this type of reaction called the Eutectic system.  What is important to know is that this type of weld is often stronger than the individual metals independent of each other.

The temperature required to forge weld is typically 50 to 90 percent of the melting temperature. Different materials have different melting points, for example, steel welds at a lower temperature than iron. The metal may take on a glossy or wet appearance at the welding or melting temperature. Care must be taken to avoid overheating the metal to the point that it gives off sparks from rapid oxidation, otherwise you are just burning metal!!  We don’t want to burn metal, we want to heat it, then shape it and make something amazing.  That’s why we like to forge weld and use the ancient art of blacksmithing at Noble Forge.

Bed Knob Post, Custom Iron, Custom Metal, Forge Welded, Artist Crafted

Depending on the application, all types of welding can be very good.  You have to decide which is better for your situation…butter or margarine?  We recommend forge welding when crafting, shaping and forming metal but Noble Forge can do all types of welding.  Noble Forge works with metal, that’s what we do.  We appreciate forge welding because it allows us to use the craft of blacksmithing.  Using the forge gives metal a quality, texture and authenticity that other types of welding do not.  However, when it comes to metal and working with metal think of Noble Forge.  Noble Forge knows metal and Phillip Bowling is an artist blacksmith.