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?!
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!!
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!
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
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
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!
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 * ;)
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*
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
As I was picking up some walnut from my local AdvantageLumber.com for a bench I’m building, I spied this incredible wall of Persimmon wood slabs! Isn’t it magnificient?! I don’t think you have to be a wood geek like me to see the beauty in this White Ebony. In a perfect world, I imagine Persimmon as an incredible piano veneer, it’s movement echoing that of the music played, but in reality it’s not very workable since it’s Janka is 2300, prone to bugs, and constantly flexing.
Persimmon has very wide, pale yellow sapwood with it’s very thin heartwood being brown/black in color. The heartwood is usually less than an inch wide with a straight grain & medium/coarse texture. Persimmon is great for wood turning, making for stunning golf club heads and small objects. I might just have to find me a lathe! ;D
For this thrilling addition of Wood-Lover Wednesday, we’re going to learn about the beautiful Bocote! Though this species is native to Mexico & Central/South America, I only had to trek as far as AdvantageLumber.com to spy it’s magnificence! Take a look!
As you can see, Bocote has a yellowish brown body with brown/blackish figuring on flatsawn areas as well as ‘eyes’ that, unlike knots, don’t present any machining issues. Bocote darkens with age and has a Janka hardness of 2,010. Sparse amounts of silica means that it machines pretty well & it’s not oily enough for gluing to be a problem. It’s zebra-like contrasts lend itself to being used to build Fine Furniture & turned objects. Keep in mind that Bocote is quite heavy & somewhat expensive, but it’s stunning grain is worth every penny if you ask me!
I’m envisioning bookmatched ‘faces’ as a table top, or heck, you could frame Bocote and call it a day! ;) What stunning masterpieces would you form with Bocote?