|Project by Paul||posted 01-10-2015 05:18 PM||2778 views||11 times favorited||10 comments|
While attending a woodworking group meeting, there happened to be some door prizes. Well, my name was pulled and I selected 4 spalted maple boards. I’ve been wanted to build a small buffet table in our dining area for a while now, and decided that my walnut mated up with the spalted maple would look nice. Also, I hadn’t ever worked with spalted maple… so sounded like a perfect project!
My wife wanted something basic without any fancy routering. She wanted a modern type design… keeping all the edges straight. So, together this is what we came up with.
I used the space available for where she wanted it, and what we wanted to store in it, as requirements and drew it up on sketchup. What a great tool, btw! Anyway, she liked the design and I went to work.
I mostly used my Kreg jig for the joints. It saves time, great tight joints, and are hidden. I biscuit jointed the table top though. For the legs, I just glued up two 3/4” pieces. I figured we wouldn’t see the glue edge too bad with the grain pattern, and I was right. It looks pretty good actually.
The spalted maple was interesting to work with. It was much softer than I would have though. But it glued up nicely (for the table top and the face of the cabinet doors). When it came time for applying the finish, it sucked it up like a wick!
For the finish, I applied three coats of danish oil. I love using that, as it gives a nice warm finish to whatever it’s applied to. Then, after waiting 3 days, I applied thee coats of General Gloss Poly/Varnish Wipe on. This was the first time I used that as well. I had been using minwax’s wipe-on… but that was too thin and required so many more coats. After 3 coats with the general product, I was extremely impressed. I will be using this all the time going forward now. After the 3rd coat, I rubbed it out with wool lube. Turned out smooth!
Anyway, my wife was very happy with it, and it was a great project for me, as I was able to learn about spalted maple, and try a new finish!
-- Paul, Iowa