Handmade Silver maple slab table with white pedestals, Butternut wood bench and upholstered chairs.

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Project by benthecreator posted 04-10-2016 02:34 AM 1860 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a slab table I made for my sister’s birthday, made of a book matched pair of silver maple slabs, placed on some repurposed pedestals that I painted white, the bench is made from a butternut plank.

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#1 posted 04-10-2016 03:33 AM

a very handsome piece.

(i wonder if all family members love having a woodworker as a brother, uncle and son…)

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 05:51 AM

Beautiful work! What kind of finish did you use on the table top?

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#3 posted 04-10-2016 12:31 PM

I used a about 5 or 6 coats of satin Polyurethane and one coat of gloss polyurethane for the top. Going into my sisters house where there’s two boys, got make sure she’s covered good!!!

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#4 posted 04-10-2016 01:11 PM

Wow…very nice gift. Really like that top and how you finished it. Looks great.

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#5 posted 04-10-2016 02:19 PM

Great job. Around here Silver Maple has a bad reputation – planted by the housing developers who need fast growing trees for landscaping, the shallow roots cause problems with sidewalks, foundations and sewer lines, while the helicopter seeds clog gutters and sprout in lawns and gardens. Most people don’t even bother to use it for firewood because it burns fast. Thanks for showing that the true beauty of this tree is the wood.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 02:26 PM

Thanks Leafherder! It was a locally cut tree that I’m sure was causing problems, at least it had a more glorious life afterwards, I hate to see wasted wood!

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 06:01 PM

Love the slabs. I have a silver maple that I need to take out cause it’s dangerously close to my septic. I had been toying with the idea of slabbing it and now this may have convinced me to do just that. Congrats on a great project.

-- --Zach

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 06:53 PM

The silver maple works great with the painted base of the table and bench-& a re-purposed base.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 04-15-2016 04:43 PM

I like it

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