Ambrosia Maple Harvest Table and Bench

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Project by lumberjuniorvarsity posted 03-14-2016 10:12 PM 816 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got this ambrosia (wormy) maple dining table and bench done, and mostly fume-free. The table legs were harvested off another dining table (your run of the mill cheap wood table that comes with the chairs in the background), and the bench legs were taken off a coffee table. Both the old table and coffee table were purchased off Craigslist for far less than what new legs would have cost.

I chose to use 4/4 ambrosia maple for the table and bench tops because 1) it was the cheapest hardwood I could get (see a trend?), 2) worked with a ‘rustic’-type look, and 3) it was cheap.

My non-woodworking friends think this is a nice piece. To anyone who knows what they’re looking at, I tell them this was a learning project – which it was! This is my first dining table and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, despite some of the flaws. The tabletop is 3’ by 7’, enough to squeeze in 8 people (or one more on the bench if there are children/smaller people who don’t mind getting cozy). I designed this table to maximize our modest dining area, which was my wife’s primary desire. Hospitality is difficult with a 6-person table.

I didn’t fill the worm holes, or even the marble sized knot hole in the table top. Partly because I’m lazy, partly because it adds “character”. The maple was finished with 3 coats of GF satin Arm-R-Seal, which I really enjoyed working with because it’s so easy. The legs and aprons are some kind of white chalk paint. I have some other chairs purchased off Craigslist that need to be repainted and re-upholstered before they replace the current ugly ones.

Sorry for the mess in the pics and the general low quality of the pictures. I’m not a photographer.

Any comments/suggestions/questions are welcome!

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 09:58 AM

Beautiful set, ambrosia has it good side also, besides someone is alergic to it. :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 10:17 AM

love it

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 01:42 PM

nice looking wood

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 08:29 PM

Thanks, guys!

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 10:04 PM

This is my kind of project!

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#6 posted 03-16-2016 10:11 AM

Nice job. I saw one in a furniture store and am thinking I would like one myself. Love the Maple.

-- Bevy - NH

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