Walnut & Padauk Side Table – “Defiance”

Yay!!! I am beyond thrilled with how this Walnut & Padauk side table turned out! I painstakingly chiseled every joint by hand and ALMOST enjoyed every second of it! ;) This was my first time working with Padauk and I must say, for a flatboarder, it was extremely workable. My only complaint would be that it chiseled very unpredictably, unlike the walnut also used in this table. I have some fears that Padauk will keep its vibrant red/orange color, but I visited TONS of woodworking sites, and apparently, shellac followed by a UV-inhibiting top coat will do the trick… time will tell.

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I’ll be be doing many more oblique cross lap dovetail pieces in the future… each playing with joinery in a different way. Think I’m gonna put a ridiculously high price tag on this one so I don’t feel too guilty for keeping it, hehe!!

P.S. The gorgeous wood for this piece was purchased at my local AdvantageLumber.com! Their customer service and lumber selection is unparalleled & I HIGHLY recommend them!!

Saturnesque Inlaid Live Edge Walnut Console Table

I just finished this Saturnesque Inlaid Live Edge Walnut Console Table! I wish I had a space for it, but since I am quickly on my way to becoming a Furniture hoarder, part with it I must! I Want to keep it, in part, because it was such a blast to work on! I had the walnut slab top in my shop for months, knowing I wanted to inlay some type of planetary design since the grain pattern looked so orbital. I came up with a Saturnesque design made out of green malachite, turquoise, and magnesite. The twin mortise & tenon joints were especially cool to chisel and the splined miter joints came out really well! Now, if I could just find a wood-loving, sci-if geek like me to buy it, lol!! ;D

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Speaking of which, here’s a link if you are that one-in-a-million buyer! Here’s a link to this piece in my Chairish Shop!

 

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Wood Lover Wednesday – Burl Tigerwood

For this week’s Wood Lover Wednesday I found an incredible set of burl Tigerwood to swoon over at my local AdvantageLumber.com!! The grain patterns and textures of wood never cease to amaze me! Yes, I know, I’m a wood geek, hehe, but, CHECK. IT. OUT! Amazing!

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And just in case you’d like to learn a tad about Tigerwood like I did, here’s a link to a previous post of mine that’ll give you the 411 on this unique species!! —> Tigerwood

Inlaid Live Edge Curly Maple & Walnut Bench

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Ahhhhh! It feels so good to finish a piece that’s taken a while! I usually try to whip through furniture, but on this piece, I had to wait on inlay materials, which was excruciating for me, lol! Anyways, here she is, a stunning live edge curly maple & walnut bench (or coffee table)… I call it, “Within”, my conceptual take on the beauty that lies within nature. The chrysocolla inlay came out particularly well & I love how the legs take on different shapes depending on where you’re viewing the piece from! Hope it finds a home soon so that I’m not tempted to keep her!! ;)

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Wood Lover Wednesday – Padauk

Check out what I found over at AdvantageLumber.com!!! Stunning Padauk!!! The orange variations in this wood species are gorgeous! :D

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Here’s some quick info on Padauk in case you can’t wait to get your hands on it like me! Pterocarpus is an exotic hardwood with a Janka of 1970. It works extremely well with power or hand tools + glues & screws easily.  Padauk can range in color from pale pink to deep red. I love the warm orange tones in between! It darkens to a reddish brown over time (UV inhibitors MAY prolong darkening) & has fairly straight grain. It is very durable, resistant to bugs, and is said to have a faint pleasant smell when being worked… just one more reason I can’t wait to pick some up! Oh, that reminds me!! Advantage Lumber is having a garage sale this Saturday June 20th from 8am to 4pm at it’s Buffalo, NY / Grover, NC / Sarasota, FL / Los Angeles, CA locations!! Yipppeeee!!! I’m bringin’ my checkbook! ;D

Live Edge Ash Wood Side Table – S.O.M.B. Woodworks

Just finished this live edge ash wood side table that I’m calling, “Splitting Giants”… looks like a hobbit commissioned it for the Shire, hehe! It definitely has whimsy to it, which I really enjoy incorporating into the furniture that I build. Who says Fine Furniture has to be serious?! I like the designs I create to be emotive, to come alive in a space! Hope this piece speaks to someone! It has been approved by Chairish curators & will be up for sale on Chairish.com within 2 business days! Link to piece —> here! ;D

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Wood Lover Wednesday – Tigerwood

RAWR! Tigerwood is this week’s Wood Lover Wednesday focus! My pals over at AdvantageLumber.com happened to have some gorgeous examples of figured Tigerwood on hand! Take a look!

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Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) is a russet, reddish, or orange brown with irregular stripes of dark brown to black & has a very textural look to it. It’s Janka hardness is at a solid 2,170 therefore being an extremely strong heartwood. It’s dingy grayish-brown sapwood is sharply demarcated and is 2 to 4 inches wide. Even though Tigerwood is very dense, it is workable, weathers well, is resistant to moisture, but can be a pain to glue. Tigerwood is a dream for woodturners since it turns & takes a finish beautifully! *going to pounce on a Tigerwood bowl now * ;)

Wood Lover Wednesday – Driftwood

Well, seeing as how my youngest son & I have the flu, I’m gonna go ahead and cheat on this episode of Wood Lover Wednesday & go with Driftwood, since I readily have a slab of driftwood in the form of a console table that I can snap a pic of… is it really cheating though?! Driftwood is gorgeous!!! :D

driftwood_wlwTechnically, Driftwood is any wood that has been washed up onto the shore due to waves, tides, etc… some people might call it ugly, but I see beauty in it’s sand-sculpted surface. I’m fortunate enough to live 20 minutes from a beach where I find driftwood quite often & have been saving a stockpile for quite some time… bolo for an awesome driftwood piece from me soon! ;)

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Wood Lover Wednesday – Camatillo

I have a real treat for you on this lovely Wood Lover Wednesday! Camatillo!!! The slabs I spied over at my local Advantage Lumber are extraordinary! I could just hang ’em on the wall as Art and call it a day!! Check ’em out! *drooling*

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Learn all about it –> Camatillo Rosewood (Dalbergia Congestiflora) has an intensely deep purple heartwood that is very hard, oily, and takes a polish beautifully. The grain is rarely straight, figured at the back and sides. It comes from Central America where it is logged by hand and harvested out of the forest by mules in an environmentally friendly way. Also called Para Kingwood or Mexican Kingwood, Camatillo is a small tree, so the sapwood is usually at the center. This rare Rosewood species has stolen my heart & I can’t wait to use it for a future piece! :D

Finding My Zen In A Driftwood Table

When I’m working on a project that has no end in sight (like the live edge walnut & maple bench that I’m currently tackling), it’s nice to do a quick build that brings me a moment of zen! I found that this week in my driftwood & hairpin leg console table! It’s so beautifully simple & makes a huge impact on our patio! Too bad every time I pass it, I want to go to the beach instead of work on my bench, lol!! ;)

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Hope you find your moment of zen today!