Padauk slabtable

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Project by Puupaja posted 06-24-2011 07:17 AM 2836 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It´s a little challenge to make this size table almoust 5 feet wide and 7 feet long alone.. this was my first time when I used padauk but not the last, I really like the color after oiling. I added little black so it looks more like rosewood and goes better with black feets.


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#1 posted 06-24-2011 10:14 AM

Nice table. I love padauk as well. I was cutting some up yesterday for some minature surf boards yesterday.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-24-2011 10:20 AM

love the grain and the colours in the top… awesome job

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#3 posted 06-24-2011 10:50 AM

Hey Puupaja,
Now that is one nice table top….well done.

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#4 posted 06-24-2011 12:38 PM

You’ve made a great looking table. Are you going to make matching chairs next?

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 02:51 PM

great lookin table, I also like the color after it’s been oiled too. I would have to agree with HAL are you gonna make some chairs to go with it?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 06-24-2011 03:46 PM

Great coloring. You say you added a little black. Was that aniline dye?

Very nice table.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 06-24-2011 04:23 PM

That is so big and beautiful! I am amazed that you did all that! It is a very awkward size, and a LOT of sanding!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#8 posted 06-24-2011 05:53 PM

That’s quite a project! I love big tables.

Are you also going to add a more durable topcoat to the table top or just the oil? Oh, what kind of oil BTW?

-- Woodworkers Source: Marketing Manager

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#9 posted 06-24-2011 06:06 PM

Nice job. I like the way the wood looks but hate the sawDUST!

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#10 posted 06-24-2011 06:57 PM

When I used Padauk for turned bowls, it started off as a lovely reddish color, but faded to a duller brown over time.

Will your finish prevent this ?

Or can anyone else give some info’ on this ?


-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#11 posted 06-24-2011 07:02 PM

Thanks´ everybody customer have already black chairs and topcoat is oilwax which is very durable. First day I didn´t have any mask when working with padauk so next two nights I was coughing a lot…hate also that red dust


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#12 posted 06-24-2011 09:11 PM

Beautiful table and nice work area!

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#13 posted 06-24-2011 09:47 PM

That’s some beautiful Padauk! Did the orange dust get everywhere when you were milling it? My wife might divorce me if I ever make another large piece with it.

Don brings up an interesting question. I have made several things with padauk, and they have maintained their red color. But I have heard others talk about it turning brown. I think UV exposure might be the culprit, because my pieces don’t get any direct sunlight.

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

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#14 posted 06-24-2011 10:20 PM

I really like using Padauk too. I’m a big fan of pieces with that heartwood/sapwood transition. At first I did a double take on blackening the white sapwood, but it actually looks pretty sharp on this project.

UV is the culprit, and it won’t take long. It’s almost like this wood suntans!

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#15 posted 06-25-2011 04:18 AM

beautiful table! What wood did you use for the legs and the black edge?

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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