'fingerjoint'- coffee table

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Project by Nate Noe posted 2409 days ago 3159 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 2409 days ago

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

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#2 posted 2409 days ago

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 2409 days ago

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


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 2409 days ago

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 2409 days ago

nice work nate !

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#6 posted 2409 days ago

Very cool table.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 2409 days ago

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 2409 days ago

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 2409 days ago

that is super sweet!

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#10 posted 2409 days ago

Excellent idea!

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#11 posted 2409 days ago

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 2409 days ago

Nice table Nate!

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

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#13 posted 2409 days ago

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

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 2409 days ago

I like it!

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

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#15 posted 2409 days ago

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 †

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