Spalted birdseye maple sofa table

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Project by Tom Regnier posted 11-13-2019 01:17 AM 390 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was at my lumber supplier this summer and saw my wife just staring at this board. I took one look at the amount of color variations and birdseye’s and I knew I had to make something from it.

I decided to make a sofa table to display our old family photos. Originally I was going to purchase steel legs similar to my last bench project but felt they would be too bulky for this relatively small table (14×40). So I went with the “industrial ” look using steel pipe. I played around with different configurations of pipe lengths until it looked right and then got the bright idea to add a flange on the bottom connection. I had this small maple burl sitting around waiting for the right project and I sliced about an 1 1/2 thick piece for a bottom display shelf. Interested in all your comments on how that looks…we’re still undecided.

I cleaned and spray painted the steel pipe a hammered dark grey and kept all the connectors original cast color. Finished both wood pieces with shellac and satin urethane.

This was a really fun project that I took months thinking about before all the pieces fell into place. First time using steel piping and first time trying to slice a burl…ended up using a chain saw on it and running it through my very abused planer.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-13-2019 01:37 AM

I like it a lot – that slab bottom shelf is nothing but ingenious

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 11-13-2019 01:58 AM

Nice table. pretty unique. That top board is just ate up, so many eyes. Yeah, I’d have grabbed it too.

Nice work.

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#3 posted 11-13-2019 02:03 AM

That’s a great looking table and the idea of using steel pipe for the base is real unique.

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#4 posted 11-13-2019 06:33 AM

Clever design. Unique with the endgrain cookie on the bottom.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 11-13-2019 11:18 AM

Looks fantastic! Well done.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 11-13-2019 04:02 PM

Pretty cool looking wood…. nice project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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