spalted elm and walnut hallway table

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Project by tommasomade posted 12-14-2017 04:15 PM 2259 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been sitting on this awesome half cookie piece of spalted elm for a while, and didn’t want to use it till i had a leg system figured out (see my black walnut coffee table post). Finally did tho, and i’m happy the result.
I really love the contrast of the lighter elm top and the darker walnut legs. I feel like it also helps the colors and spalting really pop.

Overall size is 37” wide, 15” deep, and 30” tall. The elm table top is 2.5” thick. It was super thirsty for the varnish, and i was afraid of overdoing it—thin coats and patience is really key here, or the varnish doesn’t really cure, and remains gummy. It is finished with thee coats of Tried & True Varnish Oil, then one coat of Tried & True Original Wood finish, and one final coat of my own paste mix of beeswax and mineral oil.

Comments, constructive criticism, and helpful suggestions are always welcome.

Thanks for looking, more to come!

-- -- Tommaso -- --

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#1 posted 12-14-2017 09:31 PM

I think the simplicity of the legs definitely draws the eye to the top. I like it. Nice job..

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#2 posted 12-15-2017 03:04 AM

Well done. That looks great. That top is amazing.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 12-15-2017 04:53 AM

Sometimes you just can’t beat Mother Nature – than just embrase her and take it in all shapes.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-15-2017 02:00 PM

What a beautiful table and is a real eye catcher That wood is so outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 12-15-2017 03:46 PM

i love it, you made the slab the star with nice simple but elegant legs,it really makes the top stand out.very nice work.

-- 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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#6 posted 12-16-2017 02:38 PM

Saw this before but had to come back and take another look. Looks really great. Yes end grain would really draw the finish in.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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