Spalted Maple Coffee Table

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Project by LoganN posted 08-23-2013 01:36 PM 10008 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is a commission piece for a friend. They asked me to build a piece with some great spalted maple I bought at my local store (Pittsford Lumber – and they decided they wanted a live edge. As I looked at the board though I had 3 problems with that. One was that the edges were too soft and I was afraid normal wear would destroy them. I was also worried that once they had kids they would run into the sharp edges and hurt themselves. My last problem was that we would then lose all the beautiful spalt lines. I decided to put the edge in, with a recessed piece of chechen set into the wood. The bottom is made of spalted beech and walnut and the legs are walnut also. There are no fasteners of any type in this – it is all glue and mortise and tenon. The entire piece is finished with danish oil and then 12-14 costs of minwax wipe-on poly (it soaks into the soft spalted wood very nicely).
Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 01:44 PM

Inside out live edge. I like it.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 01:44 PM

beautiful job

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#3 posted 08-23-2013 03:52 PM

Very creative thinking with flipping the live edge to the inside, I like that a lot. Table looks great.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 08:27 PM

I love the wood and the finish! This piece is very pleasing to eyes! Wonderful details.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 08:38 PM

Beautiful job. Love the live edge technique. This is one you can really be proud of. Thanks for the great pics.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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#6 posted 08-23-2013 10:11 PM

great table. The way you preserved the live edge is really quite ingenious. The spalted maple top looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 08-24-2013 10:11 AM

Very nice table…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#8 posted 08-24-2013 12:13 PM

Amazing work! That spalled maple is beautiful. Really captivating piece.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#9 posted 08-24-2013 12:33 PM

Nicely done turning the live edge in, I know spalted maple gets soft on the edges first and this is a great save.
Colors came out nice.

-- Doug...

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#10 posted 08-28-2013 01:20 PM

Gorgeous coffee table! Cool design, the live edges joined with walnut in between is just amazing. Like the technique and the finish is awesome. Excellent work!

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#11 posted 08-28-2013 08:21 PM

Thanks for all the comments. I do love the table and the way it turned out. The finish is fantastic – even if it took a full bottle of wipe on poly. But that certainly seems to be the key to making spalted maple look great.

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#12 posted 08-29-2013 03:44 AM

Great work and very clever to flip the live edge in to save it.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#13 posted 08-29-2013 06:00 AM

Very unique look at putting together a table. I wish I would have thought to do that. Very impressive!

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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