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