|Project by Don Kondra||posted 03-29-2015 08:24 PM||2634 views||23 times favorited||14 comments|
The better part of thirty years ago, a group of local woodworkers organized a bulk purchase of figured maple.
When I arrived (late) to help unload the trailer, I found these two book matched/spalted boards discarded in a snow bank !
They were in pretty poor shape but I thought I could make use of them and they have been leaning against the wall of my shop ever since..
Fast forward to a year ago when I spied them one evening and the idea popped into my head to make a table top with them. Technically I designed it for myself but all of my work is for sale
I used West System epoxy to fill all the cracks and soaked them with Watco Danish oil.
Paying work kept me busy until a couple of months ago I decided to make time to finish this project.
At 14” wide the boards were too narrow for a top, I felt another dissimilar board would be a poor match so I decided to use ceramic tiles in the middle to make up a usable width.
The original plan was to use another figured maple board for the gables but then I realized I had been “saving” a figured Bubinga board that would work nicely for the gables.
Finished size is 64 3/8” x 38”, a comfy size for six diners and possibly eight family members
The link below will take you to a photobucket album with ~ three dozen start to finish progress pictures.
-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker