Padauk / Black limba Sofa table

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Project by Kalijah posted 01-26-2010 06:02 PM 5080 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an entry table I just made for my mom. I took her to the hardwood store and she picked out the woods used and was pretty excited. The Padauk was 6/4 and the Black Limba finished up 7/8. The Padauk was from a 10’ x 11” board, so the grain is very similar to each board. The table stands 32” high, top is 5ft long and total 12” deep. I used pocket screws for the joinery you can’t see and mitered joints for the others. The finish was BLO and spray laquer sanded with 600 to knock down the dust nibs. It turned out silky smooth. The design was my own although I did see something similar at an art gallery downtown and used it for my inspiration. Mom really loves it and my payment was that I could pick out any piece of wood from the store within reason…SCORE!!!

Thanks for looking.

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 06:08 PM

I like the design. Well done

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 06:10 PM

is this boat or a table!!!!! The lake has me fooled

Nice job, Shows of the wood nicely.

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 06:13 PM

Unique design and woods good build.


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#4 posted 01-26-2010 06:22 PM

Great design, great choice of woods and excellent craftsmanship.

As an FYI – did you know that black limba and white limba come from the same tree?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 06:29 PM

Richgreer – Sure did, I’ve been digging through the pile at my hardwood dealer to find the boards that have both sapwood and heartwood, but to no avail. The black limba is beautiful with the gold tones and some of it was curly also. It almost resembles walnut witht the variations of browns and chocolate tones.

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 06:39 PM

Nice job. Really looks good.
What lake? I don’t see a lake…. Looks a lot like my place with all the rain lately

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 07:21 PM

That is a really beautiful piece. Your design is fantastic. I especially like how you did the top shelf in the overall structure. Thank you for sharing this project.

-- Richard

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#8 posted 01-26-2010 11:22 PM


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#9 posted 02-15-2010 07:38 AM

Your table looks really nice. Where did you find the hardwood? Not too many quality lumber stores around here that I am aware of.

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#10 posted 02-15-2010 07:42 AM

Greg, I went to Hogan Hardwoods in Baton Rouge. You’re right, there aren’t many places in our area to get a good selection of hardwoods or exotics, but Hogan is the only place I know of locally.

-- If you can't do it right the first time, then when are you going to find the time to do it right the second time...

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#11 posted 02-21-2011 05:09 PM

Great job! Nothing better than making something for mom. I Love your design and color choice of wood. One to be proud of.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 03-24-2019 02:26 PM

Nice design. beautiful wood.

Thanks for sharing!

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