Spalted Maple Sofa Table #2: Milling and Gluing

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Blog entry by superstretch posted 09-16-2011 06:00 PM 1570 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Planning Part 2 of Spalted Maple Sofa Table series Part 3: Cutting to size »

The spalted maple I had was about 5/4 rough. I would have loved to shave off a nice 3/8” or so to get them down to 3/4”, but my band saw was no where near up for the task. Off to the planer we go (after being ripped to width and jointed).

Since the boards I had were about 5/4, I couldn’t make the legs the desired 1.5” thick without gluing some together. Since the spalting and grain patterns were so varied, gluing two pieces together looked pretty gross. I decided to run a 1/4” thick piece of walnut down the center and finish-mill the legs after gluing.

I don’t have pics of the skirt at this stage, but I looked for some of the wildest wood in the lot that I could find. Unfortunately, that meant the wood being all sorts of twirly after milling it down. Nothing a good humidity change and some weights couldn’t fix :)

My wife has accepted that I like gluing and finishing in the den, rather than out in the shop. It is a much more controlled environment, allows me to work much later into the night, and lets me game or work on computers while I’m waiting for things to set/cure/dry.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 06:18 PM

Looks like some good progress. I like the walnut accent in the legs too. I think it will only enhance the overall beauty of the piece.

-- Matt -

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