Dining table with wane edge book matched spalted figured maple top

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Project by Don Kondra posted 03-29-2015 08:24 PM 2501 views 22 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#1 posted 03-29-2015 11:50 PM

Truly an amazing table. Great job on the design and execution.

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 02:57 AM

A very unique design and some gorgeous wood resulted in a beautiful table.

Edit: and some amazing joinery skills!!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 04:52 AM

Beautiful table. I really like the contrast of the black tiles and other black elements against the wood.

-- Lee

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 05:40 AM

Great work! love the design

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 03-30-2015 08:55 AM

Don, that table is nothing short of a work of art. Well done.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 01:40 PM

beautiful looking table

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 03:13 PM

Don, that is a beautiful table. Your patience with those two pieces of spalted maple paid off. Although you designed it for yourself, I can’t imagine that you will have it for long, before someone will want to buy it from you.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-30-2015 06:28 PM

WOW this rocks, and only 30yrs in the making LOL love it man

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 03-30-2015 07:43 PM

Spectacular !! Brilliant !! WoW !!!

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 03-31-2015 11:51 AM

Nice Don : )

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 03-31-2015 06:52 PM

Awsome table. Wenge parts and live edge boards function very well together. Great work and design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 04-03-2015 07:43 PM

Beautiful work. I really like the design.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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Don Kondra

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#13 posted 04-05-2015 12:20 PM

Thanks so much for the comments Everyone !

Cheers, Don

-- Don Kondra – Furniture Designer/Maker

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#14 posted 05-04-2015 02:00 PM

Gorgeous table, excellent use and presentation of the wood. Outstanding!

-- "I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly" — Peter Cook

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