Spalted Maple Sofa Table #1: Planning

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Blog entry by superstretch posted 09-16-2011 05:24 AM 2202 reads 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Back in June, a teacher friend of mine was looking to buy a sofa table from Target or some nonsense like that. Since she knew of my new-found hobby, she asked what I could do, and I replied “anything within reason”. Little did I know that that would be my most challenging (pathetically so) project to date.

I started by getting a rough idea of what the size needed to be and then spent almost a week getting her to decide on a type of wood. I was secretly hoping for walnut (I’m crushing hard on walnut), but she wanted maple. I told her it might look a little bland, but ok. While I was in DC on a business trip, a woman posted these magical words on craigslist: Selling spalted maple, $75

I emailed her and tried convincing her to hold on to them for me. She was a doll and did so. Long story short, there wasn’t as much as she thought there would be, so she offered $25. By the time I left (with plenty of ‘extras’ she was looking to get rid of), I felt guilty, so I doubled the amount.

The friend (aka client :D) was thrilled at how the wood looked and even more thrilled with the design—something basic, simple, shaker-ish:

And so I spent the next two months plodding along at a snails pace..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 05:58 PM

Nice score on the wood. Can’t wait to see the finished table as well.

-- Matt -

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 07:40 PM

Thanks.. I actually completed this last week. Wanted to play it safe in terms of posting until I was done and happy with the result :D

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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