Bubinga and Curly Maple Table

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 02-09-2010 08:25 AM 4079 views 9 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was made for a former co-worker that I have done several past projects for as well. he seems to like my work.
He asked that a small side table be made for his bedroom, where he could have some storage space under the lid. He gave me some dimensions and left the wood choices with me. The past projects I have done for him have all been maple, including curly maple, and so I decided to use that again. I also had this sigle bubinga board in my wood collection that I had but but didn’t use for a different project.

This table is 40” long, 11 3/4” wide, and 23” tall. The inside space is 3” deep. It is a fairly straight forward design. I incorporated a taper to the bottom third of the two inside edges of each leg. The legs are all cut from a single piece of wood. The customer wanted the top to lock securely, and so that the lock didn’t stick out sorely, I decided to add some bubinga inlayed around it. The finish on this table is numerous coats of wipe on gloss poly, sanded in to help fill the open grain of the quarter sawn bubinga.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 02-09-2010 08:28 AM

A beautiful table and outstanding wood, Super build.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 01:17 PM

absolutely beautiful work. I love the contrast between the two woods. The grain on each is really cool! Job well done!

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 01:28 PM

Very cool table. Love the choice of wood!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#4 posted 02-09-2010 01:33 PM

Very pretty table, I really like the wood combinations.

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#5 posted 02-09-2010 02:36 PM

Very nice table. Like the wood. That is some heavy boards.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 02:40 PM

Love the woods and the finish. Very nice job. I’m sure the recipient was quite happy.

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 03:07 PM

Curly maple and bubinga are one of my favorite woods to combine.
You did a great job.

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#8 posted 02-09-2010 03:14 PM

Great job. Bubinga is one of my favorite woods. I have already made a table with a bubinga top and maple legs and I am about to build us a new bed that features bubinga in the headboard and footboard.

Bubinga looks great, is relatively easy to work with, takes finish well and does not darken with age (like Padauk). While it is someone expensive, it is quite reasonable compared to most other exotic woods. Finally, at least for me, I get no allergic reaction to its dust like I do with some other exotics (the rosewoods primarily).

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

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#9 posted 02-09-2010 03:28 PM

I have yet to work with Bubinga, but this sure makes me want to. That is one gorgeous piece of wood, that’s for sure.

Great wood combination. Slick finish. Beautiful all-around!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#10 posted 02-09-2010 04:04 PM

Sometime it’s the straight foward designs that really stand out this is a great piece.

-- Tim, Tallahasse FL

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#11 posted 02-09-2010 05:19 PM

Beautiful table. The two woods really complement each other nicely. I also like the inlay around the lock.

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#12 posted 02-09-2010 05:25 PM

Beautiful table.

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#13 posted 02-09-2010 05:26 PM

Very nice table. Great wood combination & craftsmanship.

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#14 posted 02-09-2010 06:46 PM

Very nice table. That little bit of inlay you did around the lock really added alot I think.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#15 posted 02-09-2010 11:08 PM

Nice wood and the storage space is clever. It looks solid like a safe.

-- --RoB, Florida

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