Hurricane Table

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Project by Shanem posted 11-16-2015 02:40 PM 1536 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a bit of a story for this table. The closing date on our first house just so happened to be at the height of Hurricane Igor (which was a destructive storm in NL 5 years ago). The following day when I was driving home from work I came across a downed Maple tree. Large maple is restricted to urban wood here in NL and this one yielded 18” wide boards. I milled up the lumber with my Alaskan chainsaw mill and left stickered in the baby barn for the last 4 years.This project finally got moved up on the honey do list and I started the beginning of the summer.

I tried to build the full table from the one tree and not have to purchase any wood. It made for a lot of checking before I made any cuts. Any voids or cracks were filled with west system epoxy tinted with india ink. Most of the joinery was roughed out with a router but finished by hand. Layout of the legs was tricky to get parallel. The legs are secured to the top with hidden key hole slots with the exception of one screw in the middle underneath to keep the top centered.

In the end, the wife is happy.

Now if only I had more Maple.

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 04:32 PM

Awesome love it

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 04:36 PM

Nice backstory, and fantastic finished product. Looks great! Who doesn’t need more free maple?

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 04:53 PM

At the end man beats the nature (at least it’s ugly part) and turn it into something beautiful. Outstanding table.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 04:54 PM

I like how you did the stretcher bar and the legs. Nicely done!

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#5 posted 11-16-2015 04:55 PM

You did a very nice job on this table. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 11-17-2015 01:10 AM

Great looking dining table, and great back story! I’m sure you’ll have many fine meals around it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 11-17-2015 01:00 PM

Beautiful Table and nice save.

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#8 posted 11-18-2015 01:07 AM

table looks great

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#9 posted 12-05-2016 03:50 PM

That is a beautiful looking table and I love those legs. And great find on the maple!

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