This couch table was built using walnut for the legs and aprons and Sapele for the field. the bow front was laminated alder and a veneer of walnut on the front. The walnut veneer is highly figured with tiger stripes or fiddle back or what ever name you want to call it. Around the field is a black 1/8" strip of ebonized walnut. Walnut will turn very black if exposed to acetic acid (strong vinegar) and iron. Ebony itself is expensive, difficult to bend and difficult to get in lengths for the bow front.
This table was made the same way with the ebonized walnut but the legs and aprons were made of white oak. The front apron was a highly figured white oak and the center field was fiddle back maple. The legs of all of the cabinets were mortised into the legs. In the case of the lamp tables, the lower legs were through mortised. The bow front apron was attached using an angle drilled loose tenon system.
The youngest child got short changed this Christmas. I just barely got started on her night stand. The stands will have cherry legs and walnut casework. The top will be acid treated cement. Pictures will follow this next week after completion of the stand.
Retirement has been grand! I can honestly tell you that I have enjoyed the time in the shop and I do not miss the school.