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?!
Cheerio! I’ve been so inspired by all the British patterns I’ve seen online that I decided to make a Union Jack-inspired design on this old coffee table, I am part Scottish after all! This table was in baaaaaaaaad shape, way past the point of sanding and bringing the wood back to life = perfect candidate for paint and lacquer! Here’s the step-by-step:
I started by priming and painting three coats of white on the base which was a very dark stained wood. Kate, let’s call her, was looking happier already! Next, I sanded the top so that it was smooth enough for paint. I taped off the Union Jack pattern, adding one color at a time. Mint, white, and eggplant were refreshing color choices for this piece. After the latex paint dried I added two coats of clear satin lacquer which came out to a beautiful soft sheen. Blimey! Kate’s finished and she’s quite a looker!!