Padauk Coffee Table

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Project by Artigiano posted 10-13-2010 07:27 AM 4357 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a basic coffee table that I made for my fiance. I don’t think I would have done it this way, but house rules dictated the design, of course :)
Interesting notes: the top and shelf is only 2 boards of Padauk. I lucked out and found a couple really nice wide boards. The breadboards and shelf rails are Mahogany. the shelf rail is somewhat floating, with the shelf T&G into it.

As you can tell, the finish is not complete- needs to be rubbed out and a few more coats. It’s all clear Shellac.



-- Age Quod Agis

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 12:50 PM

Very pretty table, I think the finish looks great.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 05:18 PM

Did the Paduak dust kill your sinuses? It’s the absolute worst dust as far as I am concerned. Gives me a headache for days. Very nice table…clean lines.

-- Dave

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 07:01 PM

Oh yes- it was sneeze city for the non-masked times ;) I love Padauk, but there are 2 things about it- the
seemingly toxic dust (and VERY RED! haha), and the very open pores. It takes a lot of patience to
fill this stuff without creating a plastic like build up. De waxed shellac works well for buildups, as long as it’s thin enough.
However, it’s color and grain patterns are so hard to resist! I think going forward I will employ Padauk as more of a complimentary wood, as opposed to the primary..

-- Age Quod Agis

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 10:12 PM

Padauk is a nice wood. I have been tempted many times but backed off because of the allergies people talked about.

Great table

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 10-13-2010 10:40 PM

Just beautiful.

Do you figure on the padauk darkening over time ?

Really great execution on a timeless design.

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 10-14-2010 08:25 AM

Looks great and it well look even better over time. Padauk is worth the extra effort.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#7 posted 10-14-2010 02:42 PM

I have switched to Bloodwood for the red woods. Recent imports are poor quality colorwise, and closer resemble Paduak. It has tight grain and is VERY hard and heavy. Good quality is much darker red, though.

-- Dave

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