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Spalted Maple Kitchen Island Top

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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 11-23-2015 08:17 PM 3464 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made custom for a friend looking to replace his kitchen island just days from Thanksgiving Day. I had a stack of spalted maple sitting in my redneck yard for the past two years with a tattered tarp over it. My selection of 8/4 was very limited so I had to be extremely careful milling it. Because of the rush I had no time to let the wood acclimate and was just praying for it to cooperate. Well it did. Mostly.

Several cracks appeared on the top after about 12 hours that I filled with black super glue. I did the same with some checking and it came out quite nice.

The panic mode came up on me fast and furiously. While sanding the end I started hearing cracks and to my horror could watch the ends suddenly checking. Within five minutes, while I was furiously working through the grits some 20+ hairline cracks opened up! I quickly wiped some finish on the ends (arm-r-seal) and the cracking immediately stopped. Wow that was scary! The top cupped by maybe 1/32 or so. Not too bad and I kept it clamped down as much as possible, while turning it over to let each face breath and dry at the same rate.

Now I want an island for my kitchen. I’m thinking of trying something different, like end grain walnut.





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missouriwood

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#1 posted 11-23-2015 09:43 PM

Very nice, I love the look of spalted maple.

-- Eric, Lone Jack, MO

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WoodNSawdust

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#2 posted 11-23-2015 09:53 PM

Very nice looking. The difference between an experienced woodworker and a non-experienced is knowing how to fix the problems and still make the piece look good.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Bill White

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#3 posted 11-23-2015 10:12 PM

Quality workmanship shows. Who knows how this job will be related to other clients.
Don’t sell yourself short, but future work will pay.
Do NOT cut corners. Do great work, and it will be worth all the efforts.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#4 posted 11-23-2015 11:36 PM



Very nice looking. The difference between an experienced woodworker and a non-experienced is knowing how to fix the problems and still make the piece look good.

- WoodNSawdust

Bingo. I would have just reached for the beer and called the guy to let him know he’ll have to find another space for the turkey. Well done!

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#5 posted 11-24-2015 02:41 PM

That’s some very nice wood!

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 02:57 PM


Very nice looking. The difference between an experienced woodworker and a non-experienced is knowing how to fix the problems and still make the piece look good.

- WoodNSawdust

Bingo. I would have just reached for the beer and called the guy to let him know he ll have to find another space for the turkey. Well done!

- Timbo78

+1

Very well done. Congrats on the quick project turnaround. Whenever I try to start into a project on a tight timeline it ends up taking way longer than I expected.

-- This is not the signature line you are looking for.

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#7 posted 11-24-2015 04:23 PM

What did you finish it with?

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toddbeaulieu

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#8 posted 11-24-2015 04:28 PM

My go-to: Arm-R-Seal.

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soccer2010

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#9 posted 11-24-2015 05:39 PM

What a beautiful piece. My two favorite woods (for the price) are Purpleheart and Spalted Maple. What finish did you use?

-- John

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 11-25-2015 09:46 AM

Black Superglue? Please ‘splain. And, Arm-R-Seal. Is that the deck sealer they sell at HD?

-- Mark

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 11-27-2015 03:26 PM

Beautiful project. Took a heck of a chance using wood under a tarp from your yard, but you made it happen. Outstanding!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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toddbeaulieu

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#12 posted 11-28-2015 11:16 PM

Paul, my next/current project is a rustic coffee table for xmas using lumber I just scavenged off craigslist from a 1900’s reno. Wait till you see the pile of hardware I pulled from it! This lumber was quite dry, being indoors for over 100 years, but it got a little rained on once I took delivery of it. Figures, I’d be the idiot to let that happen. I skip jointed/planed it today and I’m letting it sit for a bit before proceeding. Hopefully this project will be a little easier.

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#13 posted 11-28-2015 11:35 PM



Black Superglue? Please splain. And, Arm-R-Seal. Is that the deck sealer they sell at HD?

- Mark Wilson


I, too, would like to know more about these products, please.
Beautiful island top! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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toddbeaulieu

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#14 posted 11-28-2015 11:49 PM

Hopefully I don’t sound snippy … if you search for black super glue or “black cyanoacrylate” on Amazon, you’ll find it. I only recently discovered it through my local wood turning group. I’d imagine that you could make your own with dye, but this was easier. Remember, there are different viscosities, so keep that in mind. I’ve started experimenting with mixing viscosities simply by starting with thin, then covering with thick (when dealing with a large gap) and the even covering with black thin again.

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CFrye

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#15 posted 11-28-2015 11:58 PM

Thanks, not snippy at all. Gives us a place to start.

-- God bless, Candy

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