Asian Inspired Rosewood Santos End Tables

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Project by Jamie posted 10-20-2018 06:04 PM 1035 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rosewood Santos and maple top, birds eye maple under shelf and walnut legs. Blonde shellac and wipe on poly top coat for table top. Floating tenons for legs. Press fit slot for under table.

I saw two great 4/4 Rosewood Santos board shorts on sale at Windsor Plywood so I decided I would make an end table. I was then quickly informed that I had to make two end tables. Of course I could not find any more rosewood santos that looked similar so I resawed my boards to 1/2” then attached a maple backer to get it back to 1” thick. I book matched one board and end matched the other. Considering I was playing with fire using three different wood species, I was pretty happy with the result.

Rosewood santos looks like rosewood but is in a different family/species. I learned the hard way that it is very allergenic due to an oil it gives off. Also shellac was the only thing that would stick to it. Poly would not cure on the bare wood.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#1 posted 10-20-2018 06:33 PM

Those are beautiful tables!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 10-20-2018 07:23 PM

absolutley stunning – great job !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 10-21-2018 01:43 AM

A very nice design and great use of the wood. Interesting detail about the allergy and the adhesion trouble.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 10-21-2018 04:27 AM

Beautiful elegant piece, nice grain on top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-21-2018 04:19 PM

About 2-3 weeks into the project I developed a red rash on my forearms. My GP thought it was from drinking craft beer(blasphemy!). It went away when the project was complete. I then made a serving tray with some left over scraps and rash was back. My wife did an internet search and sure enough others who had taken guitar making classes had the exact same rash. So sadly this will be my first and last rosewood santos project.

-- Jamie, Red Deer

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#6 posted 03-01-2020 10:11 PM

The mark of a true craftsman is taking the need to saw the top pieces in half, laminate them to the maple, and making it look like an inspired design choice. Well done.

-- George Cherry Hill

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