Padauk Chess Table

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 03-13-2011 12:20 AM 5419 views 17 times favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After many trials and tribulations, not the least of which is red dust everywhere and on everything, I finally finished the project made from the padauk given to me by my friend Gary E. , a Lumberjocks lurker.

Finish is wipe-on poly. I used satin on the legs and apron, and gloss on the top, bringing it to a mirror finish with automotive polishing compound and carnuba wax. The contrasting light wood is some “mystery wood” salvaged from the renovation of the old library at the university where I work. Sanding bleed-over from the padauk was a bear to deal with, but I think it came out okay in the end. After my first attempt at using BLO as a finish ended in a pink, muddled mess, I sanded everything back and hit it with compressed air to remove the red dust befire applying the poly. Afterwards, I was wondering if sandblasting would be good for that. If anyone has tried it, let me know.

Thanks for looking, and all comments/criticisms/questions are welcome.

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

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 12:34 AM

This is absolutely STUNNING!
Beautiful Job Charlie…........ I love the wood combination and WOW, what a finish!
Padauk is a beautiful wood, but I know what you mean…............. RED everywhere!!!!!
But it’s worth it…......... do you get to keep this piece?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#2 posted 03-13-2011 12:37 AM

wow that is a very unique chess table.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 03-13-2011 12:39 AM

don’t know about sandblasting

i use air and lacquer thinner to get the dust out
and a flash coat of sealer
before it goes gooey on me

nice table charlie
up to your excellent standards

that orange dust gets to everything
like day-glo paint

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 03-13-2011 12:47 AM

Ya know Charlie, I would have made the drawer a half inch wider, but other than that, it is fantastic!! ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-13-2011 12:56 AM

beautiful table Charlie!

is the top veneered on or is it solid all the way through?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 03-13-2011 01:04 AM

Gene: This one is going in my office. :-)

Sharon: It is solid all the way through.

Oh, and Bob, good to see you finally are using your actual photo for your avatar. :-)

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

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#7 posted 03-13-2011 01:11 AM

Really a beautiful job, Charlie!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 03-13-2011 01:16 AM

Beautiful Table, Charlie. I agree with TopamaxSurvivor, except I think 31/64” would even be better. lol

-- Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 03-13-2011 01:21 AM

Great looking table.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#10 posted 03-13-2011 01:23 AM

Beautiful job love the red wood

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#11 posted 03-13-2011 01:30 AM

Nice build. That wood is beautiful.
Padauk – dust collector = red boogeys

-- Life is about choices. You can spend a lot of money on furniture and have really nice furniture; Or you can spend a lot on tools and have even more expensive, crappy furniture. I made my choice.

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#12 posted 03-13-2011 01:37 AM

excellent colorful project

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 03-13-2011 01:44 AM

stunning…really nice charlie!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 03-13-2011 01:47 AM

Looks fantastic, love the contrasting colours and inlay

-- -Thomas -

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#15 posted 03-13-2011 01:51 AM

Beautiful wood and beautifully made Charlie.

I know you haven´t planed it. So did you hand sanded it? Is it a 2” squares?

Never seen Padauk before. Funny, I am building a chessboard for a birthday present, and chessmen look quite red. I would be a great combination for your table.

I even prefer more classic, standard and less distracting chess sets.

Anyhow, if you are planning to take the table to your office, rather chessmen pieces you´ll probably place whiskey glasses instead.

Hope my board comes up to a 10% of yours´ beauty.

-- Back home. Fernando

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