Buffet Table - Walnut and Spalted Maple

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Project by Paul posted 01-10-2015 05:18 PM 5668 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While attending a woodworking group meeting, there happened to be some door prizes. Well, my name was pulled and I selected 4 spalted maple boards. I’ve been wanted to build a small buffet table in our dining area for a while now, and decided that my walnut mated up with the spalted maple would look nice. Also, I hadn’t ever worked with spalted maple… so sounded like a perfect project!

My wife wanted something basic without any fancy routering. She wanted a modern type design… keeping all the edges straight. So, together this is what we came up with.

I used the space available for where she wanted it, and what we wanted to store in it, as requirements and drew it up on sketchup. What a great tool, btw! Anyway, she liked the design and I went to work.

I mostly used my Kreg jig for the joints. It saves time, great tight joints, and are hidden. I biscuit jointed the table top though. For the legs, I just glued up two 3/4” pieces. I figured we wouldn’t see the glue edge too bad with the grain pattern, and I was right. It looks pretty good actually.

The spalted maple was interesting to work with. It was much softer than I would have though. But it glued up nicely (for the table top and the face of the cabinet doors). When it came time for applying the finish, it sucked it up like a wick!

For the finish, I applied three coats of danish oil. I love using that, as it gives a nice warm finish to whatever it’s applied to. Then, after waiting 3 days, I applied thee coats of General Gloss Poly/Varnish Wipe on. This was the first time I used that as well. I had been using minwax’s wipe-on… but that was too thin and required so many more coats. After 3 coats with the general product, I was extremely impressed. I will be using this all the time going forward now. After the 3rd coat, I rubbed it out with wool lube. Turned out smooth!

Anyway, my wife was very happy with it, and it was a great project for me, as I was able to learn about spalted maple, and try a new finish!

-- Paul, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-10-2015 06:15 PM

Love the spalted maple, nice work!

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#2 posted 01-10-2015 09:53 PM

what a beauty! love the maple and walnut combo

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#3 posted 01-11-2015 12:46 AM

Exceptional build. The woods look great together.

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#4 posted 01-11-2015 12:19 PM

Very nice looking buffet. The spalted maple is a great design element. What are the dimensions?

After a side table for the den, a buffet or sideboard is next on my work list.

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#5 posted 01-11-2015 12:35 PM

Hi Paul;

That’s a good looking table. Nice work.

Don’t know if you’re aware, but working with spalted lumber presents some health risks and you should take some precautions when working with it.

Again, nice project.


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#6 posted 01-11-2015 02:08 PM


The table top dimensions are 4’ wide, 12” deep, and 36” high. That’s a little taller than most buffet tables, however we wanted it high enough our dogs could eat underneath. The cabinet itself is narrower, however, to compensate for the table top overhang, and the cabinet doors. The drawers are only 10” deep. I wanted to use the standard drawer slides as they are low cost, and are the same as all of our cabinet drawers. I couldn’t find 10” ones, so I bought 12” and cut them down. They work ok.

I have the sketchup file, but not sure where to post that.

-- Paul, Iowa

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#7 posted 01-11-2015 02:25 PM

Nice cabinet. I like the wood combo.

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#8 posted 01-11-2015 03:29 PM

Looks good. Love the way that maple came out.

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#9 posted 01-11-2015 10:33 PM

Looks great! I love the look of spalted maple and walnut and have done a lot with them – it gets to be addicting because no 2 pieces of spalted maple are ever alike! Great project and great look!

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#10 posted 01-13-2015 12:53 AM

Stunning! Awesome table!

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