Sofa Table

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Project by Kjuly posted 12-07-2009 02:50 PM 1762 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The basic router class that I was teaching that day had just finished and I was perusing a pallet of maple boards at Johnson’s Lumber. The lumber was setting off to one side of the warehouse, waiting to be loaded into the storage rack. I thought that this would be a good opportunity to see if there were any treasures to be found. It was not long and I found a single board of Tiger Stripe Maple. You know the one….the board that you have to own but don’t have any idea what you would make with it. This 10′ Maple plank stood in the corner of my shop for over a year before I would decide what to built with it.

You can call it Tiger Stripe Maple or Curly Maple, regardless of it’s name, I think you will agree that the grain in this wood is spectacular. Mustering some patience and a little luck, this jewel has become a sofa table. The table measures 18 1/2″ wide by 40″ long. I usually build sofa tables or hall tables about 15″ wide but I could not bring myself to cut off any more of that curl. The inlays on the top and skirt are Cherry. The finish is Hoods, Magna Shield high gloss pre-catalyzed lacquer, rubbed to a mirror finish.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 03:14 PM

Very nice table out of spectacular maple.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 05:19 PM

Ok, that was one good find. The curl on that maple is breath taking. I only wish we could find that easily here in the south. I am enviiiiouuuuuusssss.

-- It's not the heat that gets you, it's the humidity!

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 05:35 PM

Wow – fantanstic figure. Great table

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 05:41 PM

Oh wow, really great. The maple is a wonder and the mirror finish shows all the beauty in this wood.

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 06:12 PM

Looks great! Every carpenter has to have some “treasure” to make somethig nice some day…


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#6 posted 12-07-2009 06:33 PM

Man, Keith I gotta get back over to Johnson’s Workbench. Have’nt been there in a year. They do have some beautiful wood over there. Wish there was some place closer. Beautiful wood and a gorgeous build. Cool fish, did you make that?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 09:49 PM

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments. This table was a pleasure to build and I am glad you enjoy it.
Sometimes, I live to close to Johnson’s :-) The fish is plastic. I bought it at Bass Pro Shops and it is a good thing the store is 100 miles away.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#8 posted 12-08-2009 12:16 AM


I am a fan of figured maple too, but cherry is what I like the most. Nevertheless your table is awesome and a nice piece of furniture. The sweeps of cherry lines adds a gracefulness to the piece that is original as a design element.

I can relate to the deal of spotting a board and knowing that it will be used in your shop on a project eventually, you just don’t know when or how in the moment of purchase.

Thanks for posting your table. God bless.



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#9 posted 12-08-2009 12:50 AM

Very very beautiful. The inlays are an elegant touch. I have a slab of 2-inch thick walnut that is 9 1/2 inches wide and 54 inches long that I’ve finished for the top of a sofa table, but constructing the legs has given me pause. At the museum where I work we have an antique Chinese slab table and that top just sits on top of a couple of open box like structures and I’m thinking of trying something like that. I should get a picture of that table and its base and see if some experts here can tell me what joinery would be best.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#10 posted 12-08-2009 02:55 PM

Rev. Jim,
As woodworkers we are always on the “lookout” for that special piece of wood.(I know I am) The Cherry inlay started out as a single arch about 3/8” wide because I wanted it large enough to see the grain. When I laid it on the top and viewed it the next day,it became obvious that it should be much narrower. Thanks for commenting.

Working in a museum, I’ll bet you have seen some fantastic furniture. If it’s not too much trouble I would love to see a picture of the table.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 01:56 AM

Taking a picture of that chinese sofa table is high on my agendum.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#12 posted 09-03-2010 06:37 AM

I really like the elegant inlaying and the incredible figure on this table.

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#13 posted 09-03-2010 02:06 PM

Thanks Millo,
That Maple was a lucky find.

-- Keith, Charlotte, MI

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