Spalted Maple and Walnut Bench

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Project by LoganN posted 03-14-2013 12:52 PM 4900 views 19 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m a woodworking hobbyist in NY. I made this bench for a friend of mine in NYC. She had a small area and really wanted something woodsy for her small apartment. I really like working with Spalted Maple and darker woods and came up with this design for her. I just joined LumberJocks and this is my first posting. I have several other projects that I have done with Spalted Maple that I might share, but I feel pretty out-performed here! You guys are all awesome, so I hope that you like this.

The legs are biscuit joined together and they were made with tenons at the top. I cut mortises in the bench top so the legs would be held sturdy. There are no nails or screws in this, it is held together with glue and the tension of the different pieces The whole project was finished with several coats of Watco’s Danish oil and then Arm-R-Seal over the course of several days.

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 01:01 PM

wow, this is a nice table. Keep them coming.

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 01:03 PM

Really nice bench Logan. And, welcome to LumberJocks!

-- "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather, teach them to long for the sea." ~Antoine de Saint Exupery

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#3 posted 03-14-2013 01:15 PM

Wow, You really did a great job. I love the splaltd maple.

-- Johnny, Erie Kansas / USMC Veteran (AutoCad Drafter and Surveyor) / Novice woodworker since 1993

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#4 posted 03-14-2013 01:32 PM

Beautifull – Great job and welcome to LumberJocks!

-- Albert Einstein - "I'd rather be an optimist and a fool than a pessimist and right."

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#5 posted 03-14-2013 01:42 PM

That’s an awesome table. Your gonna end up making more when your friend has a party and her friends want one for themselves! 
As a hobbiest/beginner too, I hear you on the humbling skills of some of these Lumber Jocks, but it’s a supportive community. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Glue-up is still the stage when everything that was perfect in dry-fit goes horribly wrong, but I'm working on it.

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#6 posted 03-14-2013 02:10 PM

Welcome to LJ’s….Very nice project and Post…. Please keep them coming and as always thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#7 posted 03-14-2013 02:28 PM

Great work, I really like this bench, every appeals to me and how I like my projects. Big, thick, wide slabs. Gorgeous wood and great work!

And welcome!

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#8 posted 03-14-2013 02:29 PM

First of welcome to Lj’s its a great web site. What a great bench, the design and the wood is awesome. Are the through tennons on the top cut at angles? Very nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 02:49 PM

Thank you all for the great support. I’ve looked through some of the work you all have done and I am so impressed with the quality of work and the ideas! I’m definitely borrowing some.

As for this bench – the legs are straight up and down because I wasn’t sure how I could get a good angle with the look I was going for. Everything I’ve learned to make I learned to do mostly on my own, so I build my bag of tricks with each project. I’ve got a couple of other big Spalted maple projects I’ll be posting too.

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 03:03 PM

Great looking bench, and welcome to Lumberjocks from a fellow New Yorker (Binghamton). I’ll be up in Rochester in a few weeks to check out your Woodcraft.

Keep the projects comin’!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#11 posted 03-14-2013 03:13 PM


There are some great artisans on LJ’s that do some “out of the box” work. This is a nice piece. Looking forward to the next one! I like the way you put the legs together.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#12 posted 03-14-2013 03:20 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks, great looking bench. There are all levels of woodworkers here, and just as many views on all aspects of woodworking. Lots of people willing to help. This is a site of much insperation.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 03-14-2013 03:31 PM

Great looking bench! Maple and walnut are an unbeatable combination. You found a really nice slab of spalted maple for the bench top. Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 03-14-2013 03:33 PM

How cool is that!?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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