|Project by Michigander||posted 11-19-2015 04:07 PM||1148 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
This is a kitchen/dining table and benches that I made as a wedding present for my son and his wife. The design is my own which is a modern twist to an arts and crafts shape but done with a non traditional wood.
The tabletop and benchtops are made from 7/8” spalted hard maple with a edge band of 1-1/2” ambrosia maple. The breadboard ends and all joints are pegged with contrasting walnut pegs. Everything is mortise and tenon construction. The base is made from 1-1/2” ambrosia maple. All mortises were drilled and hand chopped with chisels.
The finish started with 3 coats of Watco Danish oil to add a little color followed by a minimum of 5 coats of General Finishes Arm-R Seal oil base urethane. The pictures show the color to be more gold than what it really is as the gold wall color tints it a bit. I say a minimum because a few of the boards in the top were very porous and soaked up the urethane so much that I had to use a thicker brush on urethane to seal the tops well. I think the top has a total of 11 coats.
A great learning project as I had never built a large table, nor done any mortise and tenons nor worked with this material. Your comments both positive and negative are welcome.
Thanks for looking,