Category Archives: Table

Cypress & Walnut Triangle Side Table

cypress_1_sombSaying that I LOVE this table would be a HUGE understatement! It makes me smile every time I glance at it while sittin’ in my favorite comfy chair… it is my woodporn! The design came about simply cuz I needed a side table to butt up against a living room wall so that my big chair could be angled towards the TV. I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous 1,000 year-old river-reclaimed cypress scraps that were leftover from a project at my day job as a woodworker & the beautiful walnut came from my favorite lumber yard, AdvantageLumber.com‘s Sarasota Location. Tell ’em Toni sent ya when you visit! ;)

Playing with the sticks for the top was a blast! The grain patterns in this piece are just stunning & the river reclaimed cypress has such a warm glow to it! The top was easy enough to make, just biscuit joining & glueing up MANY sticks, but so very time-consuming. The straight aprons were super easy being as they were just mortise and tenon joints, but the oblique half lap joints of the angled apron took a bit more tweaking. cypress_detail_sombI just played around with angles on the bandsaw until I got it just right, or got very lucky, lol! I also tapered the legs on the bandsaw, which was super fast. Um, what else went into constructing this piece? Oh, the shelf! That added a good couple days to the build considering glue up time & chiseling the tenons (two glued & one loose on the acute side of the triangle), but totally worth it. I slathered on some lacquer & that was about it. Time to put my feet up in my favorite chair & stare at my little table! ;D

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Artisans by AdvantageLumber.com

Her_drawerI recently had the pleasure of workin’ with the Advantage Lumber video crew for their brand new ‘Artisans by AdvantageLumber.com’ YouTube series. *Subscribe to their channel* They documented me designing & making a table from start to finish using gorgeous lumber from their Sarasota, FL location. The top, aprons, and drawer faces of said console table are made from Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) & the legs are made from Brazilian Cherry (Jatoba). These exotic hardwoods were somewhat difficult to work with in terms of density, but the results are worth it! I finished the Tigerwood with Tung oil & the Jatoba got a wet sanding with Danish Oil, resulting in a silky smooth feel. Here’s an after shot of the piece I created for the video…

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Here it is!! The final cut of the ‘Artisans by AdvantageLumber.com‘ video!

Keep an eye out for future films featuring other Advantage Lumber Artisans! :D

 

Padauk & Ambrosia Maple Coffee Table

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Just got finished with this Padauk & Ambrosia Maple coffee table and I actually remembered to take work pics this time! I made this for my own family’s living room since we’ll be getting reclining couches soon & won’t have room for our former rectangular table… plus, well, I’ll take any excuse to build a piece of furniture for my home! ;) I am currently obsessed with ambrosia & spalting in any species of wood, so right when I saw this maple at AdvantageLumber.com I knew it would be our coffee table’s top! It was a fairly easy build… tapering legs with one of my tapered leg jigs, chiseling mortise and tenon joints, sawing grooves in apron, joining maple with glue & biscuits, adding padauk inlay with CA glue to the top, sand, shellac & semi-gloss spar urethane on Padauk, satin lacquer on the Ambrosia Maple top, and then glue up & screw on top with fasteners.

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What’s your favorite thing to make for your home?!

Curly Maple & Walnut Side Table with Dovetail Keys

my_dove_instagram_sombIt was sooooooo nice to work on this simple Curly Maple & Walnut side table after I finished, “Defiance“, the Padauk & Walnut piece! I love the handmade, well-crafted, feel it gives off because of the hand-chiseled mortise & tenon joints and the rough-sawn dovetail keys… aka Dutchman Joints, Butterfly Joints, or Bowties. This piece also has a tiny bit of spalting on the front apron… something I’ve been seeking out at the lumber yard lately since I LOVE the uniqueness of spalted and ambrosia woods! What’s your current wood obsession?! :D

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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!!

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!

It’s sooo haaaaarrrrdddd to say goodbye… to furniture!!

A classic Boyz II Men song comes to mind every time I sell a piece that I’ve painstakingly refinished. Dramatic? Yep, sure am, but justifiably so… I happily put my blood (albeit only a splinter’s worth so far, knock on wood), sweat, and tears into every piece that I work on. pencil_beforeA piece of me goes into each piece, if that makes any sense, hehe. In fact, if I had it my way, I wouldn’t sell my most recent work… I would have a lovely circular foyer where this beautiful table would rest right smack in the middle of, properly dressed with a vase of fresh flowers on top along with a gorgeous rug and my little guys’ shoes strewn about underneath. But, alas, I do not have a foyer (pronounce it the hoighty toighty way while reading, please), so therefore this beauty is up on the auction block. *insert sad face here* Though it does turn my frown upside down when someone falls in love with my refinished pieces and gives them a happy home!  Here’s hoping this table finds a new owner before I swoon any harder!
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W O R K

This beauty was a wobbly, dinged up, sad-lookin’ wooden doorstop when we met, but I bathed her in 4 coats of Miss Mustard Seed’s ‘Typewriter’ milk paint (adding bonding agent in the first two coats) & topped her off with some clear Briwax. The end result is a super cool finish that looks exactly like it was sculpted from a huge block of no. 2 pencil lead & I ADORE it! But, no! I cannot fall in love!! I am selling it since I don’t have a foyer… maybe I should just move so I can keep it! ;)

 

 

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Live Edge Walnut Slab Console Table

live_edge_3_sombSo, I’ve always wanted an entryway console table, a place to throw keys, change, sunglasses, etc. when I get home… but, it’s a little hard when you don’t have a formal foyer, lol! Despite that, I tried to create an official entryway in our home using this console table I built, shoe basket, a rug, and mirror! :D

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This was a fairly easy build… I didn’t have to chop the tree down and plane the slab, hehe! For the top, I simply found a live edge piece of walnut online, finished it with two coats of high gloss spar urethane, glued a piece of plywood under it to ensure that none of the live edge bark falls off since I don’t know what season it was cut down in + I made a cleat for the install by cutting a rectangle out of this plywood. Then for the rest of this piece, I simply built, veneered, and stained a drawer box out of 3/4″ birch plywood for my little guys’ sunglasses & attached the box with screws onto the underside of the slab. I probably would have left it floating if I didn’t have little monkeys in the house. ;) To finish it off, I added a single hairpin leg to give it a cantilevered look & a modern feel!

What feeling does your home’s entryway convey?

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Add Character To Furniture With A Vintage Map

stella_decoA while back I refinished the gorgeous little French Provincial table seen here, but thought that it lacked something… I didn’t know exactly what until I came across a vintage map of London at a thrift store & light bulbs lit up above my head! What better map for a piece with French styling?! So, I decoupaged the map, glued some simple chain around the edge to give it a finished look, and voila! Easy peasy!

I think Stella is now complete!

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Is there anything you wanna stick a map on?!

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Stella… A French Provincial Table Refinish

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Meet Stella. A French Provincial antique table in need of a fresh start. When I spotted her I noticed her gorgeous bones, which happens to be my only prerequisite for refinishing a piece. I happily lugged her home and got to work. Her top was water damaged and dull, so the first thing I did was strip and sand it down to bare veneer. She was looking better already!
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Next up was to apply some fresh lacquer in order to protect it from future damages. Three coats of lacquer and a single cot of wax make for an incredible feel and richness to the wood. After finishing her top it was time to give her base a new paint job. A warm antique white matched her stunning wood grain perfectly. For this piece I whipped up some homemade chalk paint and applied two thick coats, achieving an authentic aged look. When using chalk paint, a layer of furniture wax must be applied in order to seal the dried paint. For this piece I distressed while applying the wax, using 0000 steel wool and an old t-shirt to work the wax into the paint. Twenty minutes after applying the wax I buffed it out, creating an incredibly soft sheen that is comparable to no other furniture finish.

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The bottom shelf remains half-finished for now… I have something brilliant in store for this French Provincial beauty! Stay tuned! ;Dstella_final

 

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Update : Check out this post about how I added character to this piece by decoupaging a vintage map of London to it’s shelf!!

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