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Table made from a big leaf maple tree

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Project by BenhamDesign posted 09-25-2014 03:09 AM 2052 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All the wood for this table came from the same tree, a Big Leaf Maple that grew in Independence Oregon. The top was made using 2” thick book matched maple slabs. I added breadboard edges to help keep the top flat and drift pinned them with walnut.

The base of the table is constructed using through tenon joinery, wedged with walnut to match the top.

Big Leaf Maple Table

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#1 posted 09-25-2014 03:48 AM

That is one nice looking table. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 09-25-2014 04:28 AM

Beautiful piece, great joinery.

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 08:32 AM

Very nice work and a beautiful design too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 12:50 PM

Very pretty. I did a QSWO breadboard top not long ago but was unable to achieve the precision that you did. Well done.

-- Ron, Montana

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#5 posted 09-25-2014 02:19 PM

That’s a good looking table. Well done.

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#6 posted 09-25-2014 03:31 PM

Classic design, 1. class execition. Lovely!

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#7 posted 09-25-2014 03:52 PM

Great work

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#8 posted 09-25-2014 05:25 PM

Great table. It is sturdy and beautiful in its simplicity. Then again, breadboards aren’t that simple.

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#9 posted 09-25-2014 06:00 PM

WOW awesome design and such beautiful grain pattern

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#10 posted 09-25-2014 08:46 PM

Very nice! With 8/4 maple, do you think it would even cup without the breadboard ends? I ask because I’m nearly done with my maple dining table that’s also 8/4, but it’s not too late now to add the breadboard ends

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#11 posted 09-25-2014 09:39 PM



Very nice! With 8/4 maple, do you think it would even cup without the breadboard ends? I ask because I m nearly done with my maple dining table that s also 8/4, but it s not too late now to add the breadboard ends

- Daniel

Thanks Daniel,
If you are working with kiln dried lumber your movement will most likely be minimal, and if it does cup and warp the average person will not notice. This table was made from air dried wood and it was casehardened so it was changing shape as I was cutting it. By the time it was done even with the bread board ends it had developed a small twist.

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