‘Uproot’ Maple Sideboard

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Project by fissionchips posted 06-02-2012 09:35 PM 1822 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The inspiration for this table came from the western maple top. It was sliced and stored by a local arborist who was generously thinning out his wood collection. It’s been a fun project these past three weeks as I’ve tried many a new technique. For more on the process please visit my blog entry and build photos.

Geometry: The leg sections and the stretchers are splayed outwards from the bottom up. For continuity’s sake the stretchers took on a downward arc. The stretchers are fixed with parallel wedges to maintain their full cross-section as through tenons. The ‘arms’ in the leg assembly cross with a mitered half-lap, allowing for straight line joinery and a welcome change from fitting the curved tenons on the legs.

Finish: Tung oil. Two coats for the legs and three for the top plus wax.

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 03:25 AM

Very Impressive. I have a lot of respect for someone that can do all that work by hand.

-- Measure once, cut twice - you think I would learn!

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 04:31 PM

Thanks TVT. It takes longer to do some operations by hand, but I think it’s a great way to learn, and economical too.

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 02:06 AM

I love your design and your beautiful workmanship. You’ve also given me some great ideas for my burled Bubinga slab (I had for about a year) which I’ve been pondering for a coffee table. Thanx!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 04:58 AM

Hi Paul, thanks for the positive review. I’m glad you are able to glean something from the design. I would love to see your table when it’s finished. That sounds like an amazing piece of wood you have, one of a kind I’m sure.

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