Spalted Maple Sofa Table

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Project by superstretch posted 09-21-2011 05:21 PM 3581 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As seen in the series here:

A lot of things came together for this project to work: a teacher friend of mine needed a table, I happened upon a magical stash of amazing spalted maple, and I had all summer to work on it.

If you really want details, check out the blog posts. Overall, the table was 50” long, 17” wide, and 28” tall. The construction is mostly spalted maple and some walnut accents in the legs (notice my one major screwup? AKA “character” :D—caused by running the leg through the table saw on the taper jig backwards..) Finish was 4-5 coats of clear shellac and a couple coats of wax. The finish felt like silk and had a bit of an old-timey look to it.

I’m thankful for the opportunity to build this table. It’s the largest piece I’ve built to date and I really enjoyed building it. It’s not perfect, but I’ve learned a lot and am looking forward to the next project.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 05:30 PM

Really nice table. I like the spalted maple. And yes, tapered legs can be tricky at times.

-- Pops ~ In So Cal...

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 05:59 PM

Nice job, course I’m partial to splated woods.
mistake, what mistake? its behind the couch

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 06:14 PM

Nice job Dan!

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 09-21-2011 07:39 PM

Nice looking table. Good job on the blog as well.

-- Matt -

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#5 posted 09-21-2011 08:55 PM

Nice job on the table, Dan. I’ll have to read the blog and follow along with the build.

-- 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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#6 posted 09-22-2011 01:34 AM

I have been wanting to build a hall table. I think these dimensions are about the size I would need to use.
Did you have plans?
I am a little bit afraid to start one as I haven’t taken on a project that has any size to it.
Real nice job Dan, It’s beautiful.

-- Chuck

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#7 posted 09-22-2011 01:37 AM

Thanks guys!

Chuck – I can send you the google sketchup file, but really, you can use the rough outside dimensions and just eyeball everything. The skirt ended up being 4” shorter (lengthwise) because I ran into some punky wood in the board. I think the extra overhang makes it look lighter. PM me your email and I can send it to you.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#9 posted 03-13-2012 11:15 PM

man how the heck did i miss this … i think your table just inspired a new coffee table build the wife is lookin for. Well done my man and sorry for gettin to the party late.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#10 posted 03-14-2012 02:43 AM

Chris, thanks and no worries! Just don’t make the same mistake with the leg that I did >_<

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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