Small Table - Australian Blackwood

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Project by Don posted 04-12-2008 04:53 AM 3325 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Without making excuses for not being as active here as I once was, here is my latest woodworking project.

A good friend of ours, an accomplished artist, asked me to make a table to specific dimensions that would allow her to place it in her small housing unit.

I’ve been working on it off and on since mid January. Today, I finally finished and took these photos before delivering it to her.

Up ‘til now, I’ve used mortise and tenon joinery for this kind of furniture. But this was a perfect project to give my DowelMax a good test. I found it easy to use and frankly will be unlikely to revert to the traditional joinery again.

The wood is Australian Blackwood and the top is from the same 19mm (4/4”) sheets I used to build this project. The grain coloring is often quite spectacular as it is in this veneered sheet. This time I used the second side (not quite as spectacularly figured) as the surface. I felt it was more in keeping with the solid side-skirts and legs.

The drawers are constructed of first grade pine. I like the lightness of weight and color. The drawer faces are cut from the same piece that makes up the front skirt, so the grain matches.

The finish is five coats of MinWax Wipe-on Poly, cut with fine steel wool and Ubeaut Traditional wax leaving a satin smooth finish.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 04-12-2008 05:06 AM

Hi Don;

Good to hear from you;

Great job on this table.

The choice of woods is beautiful! I have some blackwood veneer I will be using on a project soon.

Still doing small wooden boxes?


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 04-12-2008 05:09 AM

Very nice looking table, Like the design and the finish very well. Thanks, enjoyed it

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 04-12-2008 05:11 AM

Thanks, Lee.

Other than the Changing table (the project prior to this one), this is the only piece I’ve made since Christmas. I’m still a lover of small boxes and will get back to making them after two other commissions I’ve got lined up.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#4 posted 04-12-2008 05:16 AM

That is a beautiful table. Great job.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 04-12-2008 05:19 AM

Great looking tabel Don! Looking forward to hearing more from you.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 04-12-2008 05:41 AM

Lovely table, Don, with your usual attention to detail. The continuity of grain across the front apron and drawer fronts is very cool. Glad to hear from you.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 04-12-2008 06:35 AM

I’m glad to see you back Don!

A beautiful straight line design, & as usual a perfect finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 04-12-2008 07:19 AM

Great piece of blackwood Don and beaut table to boot.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 04-12-2008 07:51 AM

The wood is great – I really appreciate the touch of using a single board for the front as Douglas pointed out! That’s a really nice touch here…

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 04-12-2008 12:55 PM

Hi Don,

This is a nice table. You did a nice job on the design and construction.

It has been a little while since you have been on here. It is good to see you back.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 04-12-2008 01:31 PM

i love the wood. great work. what does blackwood sell for in Australia? Can you conver it to US dollars? Do you buy it in board feet there or int he standard cubic meter?

-- making sawdust....

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#12 posted 04-12-2008 01:56 PM

it really does look great, tel us what the wood costs? That is one of my biggest inhibitors to wood working. Not the actually amount (the hard dollars) but the fact that since I am new to detailed work I am hesitant to waste that much money learning. I know it is not a good reason to not try something and I will get over it this year. I need to man up get r done.

Don great work again :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#13 posted 04-12-2008 03:48 PM

Nice table, Don. I like the design and that’s beautiful wood.

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#14 posted 04-12-2008 04:00 PM

Don, I would call this a very beautiful, somewhat-larger-than-average small wooden box with legs. And I love it!

I’m glad to hear a man of your skills speak well of dowel joinery. I use it all the time, and it is so easy I always feel like I’m cheating!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 04-12-2008 04:53 PM

Have missed you Don, Well done piece. Sure don’t look like a box though. LOL. Glad to see you back. mike

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

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