Hallway Table

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Project by Mike57 posted 01-10-2011 01:29 AM 1971 views 11 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I’d share a recently completed project. The legs are Cherry and the top is s single piece of Curly Hard Maple I ordered online from a Pennsylvania company called Mapleleaf Hardwoods. They specialize in highly figured Curly Maple with a few other species sprinkled in their selection.

I called and spoke to Paul, the owner and told him what I was looking for. He walked me through his website which has a lot of pictures of the actual pieces of wood you buy.

When we didn’t find the piece we needed, he went out and found a piece, emailed me photos of the piece and when I okayed the order, he shipped it inside a protective card board box. It wasn’t cheap, but it WAS worth it – the board was just what I needed to finish the project.


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#1 posted 01-10-2011 01:39 AM

Beautiful piece! What are your thoughts on the wood moving/cupping? Did you do anything to mitigate it? I’m dimensionally challenged when it comes to pictures so I need to ask,... How deep is it? Oh and c’mon, we are wood workers here, Let’s see some close up joinery.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 01:54 AM

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the kind words. Most of the joinery is mortise and tenon. I’ll need to get back over to my friend’s house for more pictures. The top is secured to the four legs to allow for the top to move. I am hoping that since the wood was pretty well seasoned, and it’s around 1” thick, that there won’t be any cupping, but I am sure I’ll hear about it if the piece cups. I also routed, screwed in a couple of pieces of aluminum U-channel (along the grain) to hopefully help prevent any warping (1st time I tried, I’ll see how it holds up).

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 02:35 AM

This is excellent and it’s the kind of woodwork I like best. I say that because you have a beautiful piece of maple and you designed this table to show it off. The maple is the star here and nothing distracts from that. The cherry frame is well done. It plays a supporting role to the star.

B.t.w. I’m a big fan of Maple Leaf Hardwoods. Paul is great.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 02:44 AM

That’s a stunning piece of curly maple and you did a great job of showing it off!

It looks like you kept it in it’s natural state and didn’t do an initial dye to pop the grain at all, making it appear a bit more subtle than something that is dyed and sanded back.

How did you finish this piece?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 03:42 AM

I agree it’s a beautiful table.
There’s something about Cherry and Maple together. They compliment each other in such a unique way.
Well done.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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