'fingerjoint'- coffee table

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Project by Nate Noe posted 01-16-2008 11:40 PM 4731 views 21 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, I like to use my scraps. I had a bit of maple 1×2 scraps and I wanted to celebrate the fact that the table would be composed of smaller sticks. The ‘decoration’ is the contrasting padauk used as a focal point which highlights the interlocking ‘fingerjoint’ effect. The corner joints and the exposed aluminum on the ends further the overall concept. The four aluminum flat stock bars act like joists and provide the strength and support, as well as a nice contrast to the wood.

Although I love the natural color of padauk I learned that it causes problems when sanding and finishing because the deep red tends to bleed, especially into a light wood like maple. But I would definitely use it again, the color is amazing.

-- Nate, denver CO

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#1 posted 01-16-2008 11:48 PM

Sharp! I love the play of contrasting woods- really nice.

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#2 posted 01-16-2008 11:58 PM

Great looking table. I love the concept.

Good use of scraps.

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

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#3 posted 01-17-2008 12:01 AM

Hey Nate, I like your ‘scraps’.
Good looking table, and welcome to LJs.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-17-2008 12:08 AM

I like it; very refreshing. That’s a lot more work than making a table from regular boards.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#5 posted 01-17-2008 12:25 AM

nice work nate !

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#6 posted 01-17-2008 12:39 AM

Very cool table.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-17-2008 01:18 AM

Great table. What brushing technique did you use on the aluminum? I had a similar issue with bloodwood bleeding on a chessboard I made. I ended up resanding and spraying the piece.

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#8 posted 01-17-2008 01:24 AM

Nice work Nate. Were the Padauk and Maple glued end grain to end grain? if not, How?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 01-17-2008 01:48 AM

that is super sweet!

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#10 posted 01-17-2008 02:22 AM

Excellent idea!

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#11 posted 01-17-2008 02:39 AM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

tpastore, That’s exactly what I did, I had to resand and spray. Lesson learned. On the aluminum I just brushed it with steel wool.

Chris, Yes, the padauk and maple were glued end to end


-- Nate, denver CO

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#12 posted 01-17-2008 04:04 AM

Nice table Nate!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 01-17-2008 04:40 AM

That’s awesome! Nice design and way to use scraps.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 01-17-2008 05:24 AM

I like it!

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

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#15 posted 01-17-2008 05:50 AM

A great looking table. Is the Paduke loosing it’s orange color. Any special finish to keep the color?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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