Sofa Table

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Project by 4thumbs posted 1751 days ago 1772 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted a new project and needed to get some “stuff” off the floor, so this is the result. A traditional sofa table did not excite me much, so decided to spice it up a little by adding padauk edging to quartersawn red oak top and bullnosed padauk bands set into riftsawn red oak legs. Minwax Provincial stain on the oak, finished with shellac and wax.

Ended up as something of a hybrid style, but is pleasing to my eye and THE BOSS likes it. I think padauk is very pretty wood, but sure is dirty to work – the project won’t be completely finished until I get the rest of the orange splinters out of my thumbs and orange dust out of the towels…

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#1 posted 1751 days ago

Very nice. I have never seen padauk that light orange before. I really like it. Did you grove-in the piece around the legs or are they added just like molding?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 1751 days ago

very well done I really like the padauk accents the whole table is fantastic.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1751 days ago

I really like the look you created.

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#4 posted 1751 days ago

Thanks for the feedback LJ’s!
ohwoodeye – the padauk bands are set into quarter inch deep dadoes around the legs with the bullnose sticking out. I think part of the color in the pics is due to the sunlight (as opposed to incandescent); they are more typical padauk color sitting in the house.

bentlyj – yea, I hear you on padauk trim for the skirt. Thought about it but didn’t do it; thought it might lead the eye away from the leg bands.

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#5 posted 1751 days ago

I’ve always enjoyed garters on long shapely legs ! LOL

Great job overall , and though I’m not a fan of staining , you did a great job with your color choice on the Oak. : ) I think you made a good call by not putting any Padauk trim on the aprons , but it is a nice thought to keep in mind.

Welcome to LJ’s !!

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#6 posted 1751 days ago

4thumbs, Very nice detail with the Padauk accents. Adds just the right touch (or spice). Great job and a very unique combination of woods. Welcome to LJ’s and look forward to seeing more of your work. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#7 posted 1751 days ago

Nice looking table.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#8 posted 1751 days ago

Hi 4 (can I call you 4?)

That is a beautiful sofa table. I love the design and craftsmanship.

Thank you for posting it.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#9 posted 1751 days ago

Welcome to LJ’s! Very nice table. Let me know how the Padauk cleanup goes, I still have a few red pairs of pants from my last padauk project!

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#10 posted 1751 days ago

I’m with them.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 1751 days ago

Cool table…so you found the rest of my thumbs? The padauk will darken to a beautiful color with age, hard to imagine all that orange dust will end up so dark. I agree on the skirt. Welcome to LJ and enjoy…alot of GREAT ideas and craftsmanship, you will find yourself looking every day!

-- enjoy your wood...

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#12 posted 1750 days ago

Great Lookin Table

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 1749 days ago

That came out great! I love it. Beautiful grain and contrast.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#14 posted 1747 days ago

Nice color combination of woods. I’ve done some similar stuff with Bubinga and Walnut and achieved a nice contrast.

-- Andy Brownell

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#15 posted 1244 days ago

Nice color choices… I’m guessing that will just get better with age too.


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