Maple Burl Coffee Table

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Project by LoganN posted 05-24-2016 11:02 PM 626 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the second part of the build. The story behind this is pretty cool. I went into the local lumber emporium, Pittisford Lumber, looking for something and one of the owners said “I was just thinking of you and the shelves you built (see my Spalted maple shelves). I have some wood that would look so incredible like that!” She showed me some of these Burl slabs and I fell in love. I happened to know a guy who wanted a coffee table and called him up. At the end of the conversation he commissioned me to build both a coffee table and a matching entry table. When I asked about design he said “I trust you! Whatever you design will be great!” I came up with this 3 leg design and I wanted to do another piece with the aluminum bar (see my dining room table) and so this design came to be. I built a small model to see if it would work and went from there n
The maple Burl coffee table matches the design of the entry table. The legs are 2” thick walnut with a cherry stretcher. The stretcher is supported through the legs with a 3/4” aluminum bar and the front leg has a 25 degree rake to it. The legs are cut from the same piece of walnut and the grain goes across all 3 legs. The base is finished with danish oil and lacquer.
The burled top is filled with an ebony colored epoxy and sanded to 320. I let the epoxy sit for a week and then planes and sanded off. The live edge was brushed and sanded and I used a dremel with a sanding bit to get the sharp points off. The edges have some spectacular colors and figures and the top has amazing figure. This is easily the most beautiful piece I’ve ever worked on.
The whole thing was then coated in Danish oil and a varying blend of wipe-on poly was used to build up a good gloss coat

Since I can only add so many photos here, and my phone is acting up, you can see more pictures of these on my Facebook page:

Comments and thoughts are always welcome! Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 05-25-2016 01:12 AM

Wow! Stunning wood and a nice job on the build. Interesting design on the legs.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-25-2016 04:35 AM

Great work, love that wood

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 05-25-2016 06:20 AM

I did not know it is possible to use this in any way!


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#4 posted 05-25-2016 11:46 AM

I just seen your blog about this build yesterday. I never expected this, that burl is amazing! Beautiful table Im sure the guy will love it.

-- Andy Smith

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#5 posted 05-25-2016 11:54 AM

The first time I wiped the burl down with mineral spirits I was amazed at what I saw. I’m in awe of how great this wood turned out! Thanks for comments!

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#6 posted 05-25-2016 06:16 PM

Another great-looking table.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#7 posted 05-25-2016 06:16 PM

It’s a very creative table. Nice wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 05-25-2016 07:06 PM

looks great!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#9 posted 05-26-2016 01:45 AM

I shudder to think what that slab must have cost.

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