Contemporary Maple Table / Bench

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Project by Durbs75 posted 03-01-2017 11:58 AM 907 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

SOLID and HEAVY!! This table and the bench it goes with, was just delivered! It’s solid maple 1 1/2 inches thick. The dimensions are 42 inches wide by 92 inches long. This table easily weighs over 200 lbs. The bench is 17 inches deep by 92 inches long.

The table/bench features a walnut stripe and walnut butterflies. The table and bench is a clone of Crate and Barrel’s Monarch table. That table in their showroom has a two piece top that is connected with the butterflies. My client wanted a solid top but with the look of the split top. So we put in the darker walnut stripe and butterflies!!

The color is a simple two toned stain process. It’s a combo of GF Walnut water based stain applied first and washed GF Early American to give the mixed black brown tone! With the sweeping grain of the maple, this color turned out perfect!! Before I applied the GF Walnut, I took a sponge with distilled water and wetted down the wood surface but with no standing or pooling water. Since maple splotches, I did this process so the appearance wouldn’t be as splotch heavy, but my client did want some splotchy areas per their specifications!! The appearance of the first coat of GF water based stain gives the color about a 25% reduction in shade from full strength. The finish is three coats of a satin acrylic water based poly sprayed on!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 03-01-2017 08:27 PM

I think it’s a beautiful piece of work. Really a great job.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 03-01-2017 08:41 PM

I REALLY like it. How are the legs secured to the top? Could you post photos of the underside?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 03-01-2017 09:18 PM

Thank you all!!

BigMig – I used 1 1/2 inch “L” angle iron and drilled three 3/4 inch holes on the leg side and three holes on the table top side. I used 1/4 inch x 1 inch long lag bolts with a 5/16 inch fender washer which is 1 1/4 inch in diameter to cover the 3/4 inch hole and still allows the top and legs to move with the seasons. Attached is a picture! I spray painted the metal L angle iron pieces, bolt heads, and washer with a coordinating spray paint that will look good when seen! In the picture below, you can see the connection!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 12:20 AM

That’s a great looking bench and table set—much better than you’d get at C & B! The walnut looks fantastic, and the whole set looks very elegant and sturdy!

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

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#5 posted 03-02-2017 05:17 AM

Beautiful work Carey! I thought this walnut for a white and was wondering why you stained it twice with walnut color haha.

Since it’s joined with bolts, did you spray the pieces individually before assembling?

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#6 posted 03-02-2017 10:54 AM

Huyz – I did spray the individual pieces. There are 8 “L” angle iron pieces for the table and 8 pieces for the bench. The bolt heads and washers are also sprayed. I just took an old cardboard box and threaded the bolts in rows and then sprayed on 2 coats of the spray paint. The same for the washers and angle iron pieces!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#7 posted 03-02-2017 04:32 PM

looks great

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