Maple and padauk coffee table with glass top.
Glass has a wide variety of applications in furniture, ranging from a simple clear panel to decorative inlay.
Maple covers many different trees in the Acer genus. In general it is a light colored wood, creamy white to yellow in hue with darker soft brown or yellow grain. Bigleaf maple is a large tree native to the Pacific Northwest, and it often has highly figured wood, spalting and burls. Ambrosia Maple, also called sugar maple, is a creamy white maple with grey streaks and often has worm holes. Figured maple is often described as quilted, tiger, flame or curly maple depending on the patterns in the wood.
African Padauk is found in Central Africa. When freshly cut, it is a vivid orange-red with some streaking. The color darkens considerably over time and it becomes much more brown, though some finishes can slow this. Padauk is moderately heavy, strong, and stiff, with exceptional stability.