First table. Silver Maple top

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Project by Whitewalls posted 11-05-2016 09:05 PM 1172 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a table. It was decided not to go with a wood base. I (my wife) decided to go with a more industrial steampunk look for the base. It was for my cousins wedding so we figured it would be the perfect opportunity to work out any kinks before I built anymore.

The top is one of 12 slabs I have from the silver maple I had milled a few years ago. I had to build a router sled in order to plane it flat. After getting Botha sides flattened I was able to put it on the 16” open end drum sander to take out the router marks. Some heavier sanding with the orbital and all marks were gone. I used a draw knife, rasp and spoke shave to clean all the bark off of the slab. After getting it completely sanded the quilting pattern of the grain really started to show.

The base consists of a gear from a 1955 John Deere tractor I bought. Heavy wall conduit, pipe flange and a piece of steel I had to machine to fit in the gear and hold the conduit.

-- Jared, Northern IL

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#1 posted 11-05-2016 11:10 PM

great looking table and awesome gift

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#2 posted 11-06-2016 12:54 AM

very cool bro,looks like something you would find in a high end art gallery.shall we start the bidding on this?fantastic.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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