Staked leg table

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 10-28-2017 02:48 PM 1955 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my latest build…a coffee table for our TV room made with some wormy spalted maple I picked up from my local wood supplier.

I started by glueing up the top and routing the dovetail area for the batten. I cut and matched the angle on the batten to the dovetail by carefully sneaking up on it and left them long to trim later. The legs were 2” squares that I hand planed to an 8 sided leg….lots of work but very gratifying. I don’t own a lathe or any chair making tools so I made the round top tenons starting with a hand saw to some chisel work and lots of sanding. This was ok for four legs but if I decide to make more of these projects I’ll break out my wallet for sure.
I did a lot of research to figure out the rake and splay on this project and it was a bit intimidating at first but I used the sighting method that Christopher Schwarz demonstrated on the Woodwrights show. It was rather simple and came out great. I wedged the legs to the battens and slid them in place with a little glue. The last thing was an angle cut all around the top to flush up the battens….finished with 5 coats of GF oil.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 10-28-2017 03:52 PM

Nice looking coffee table. The spalting is very attractive. I also like the octagonal legs—nice work.

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#2 posted 10-28-2017 04:08 PM

Bravo, nice table, beautiful wood, and nice details on the legs

keep on making saw dust

-- andrek

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#3 posted 10-28-2017 11:38 PM

Beautiful Table I like the wormy spalted maple it really shines on the right projects.

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#4 posted 10-29-2017 12:49 AM

GAWD that is some beautiful wood!

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#5 posted 10-29-2017 01:07 AM

Nice work. I like the streaky punk in the legs.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#6 posted 10-29-2017 02:04 AM

That is really cool. Great job

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#7 posted 10-29-2017 01:22 PM

Tom, this is a very creative table and the wood is spectacular. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 10-30-2017 03:15 PM

Very nice.
Before you get people asking you….....this wood is better known as Ambrosia Maple.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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