This set of tables was commissioned by a couple furnishing their retirement house. He asked for wild grains and beautiful woods to complement his cherry stained entertainment center and heavy, dark sofa set, so we went with bubinga and padouk. The top and shelf of the lift-top coffee table are made from 1/4 inch fancy figured, quarter-sawn and re-sawn bubinga laminated to Baltic birch plywood. The tabletop borders and legs are padouk. The padouk starts out bright orange off the saw, but it will age fairly quickly to its final color of very dark, burgundy, purple almost black. This will give all of the tables the proper look of darker legs and borders and lighter major surfaces - the opposite of what you see now.
The rectangular table is made of the same, sequence or boook-matched bubinga mated to Baltic birch ply, with a solid bubinga shelf and solid padouk legs and borders.
The trapezoidal table is solid buginba (of a less wild but equally beautiful grain) and padouk.
All are finished in Watco Danish Oil and Satin Wax, the tabletops wet-sanded.