This coffee table was a PROCESS. My wife and I really wanted a neat centerpiece for our new living room and we thought the modern design of this really matched our taste. What I didn’t know, when I was picking out wood for this, was that maple is almost impossible to get a dark black color! I ended up painting it, which killed the woodworker in me a bit, but it was the only option to get the look we wanted. The insert is made of boxelder, an exotic wood that my wife fell in love with at the lumber yard. I was excited to be able to incorporate this into the table as a neat focal point!