Saying 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. I 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
I 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…
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.
What’s your favorite thing to make for your home?!
It 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
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.
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!!
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!! ;)
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. A 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!
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! ;)
So, 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
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!
A 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!
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!
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.
The bottom shelf remains half-finished for now… I have something brilliant in store for this French Provincial beauty! Stay tuned! ;D
Linkin’ back to…
Update : Check out this post about how I added character to this piece by decoupaging a vintage map of London to it’s shelf!!