Spalted maple Waterfall bench with wenge legs

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Project by LoganN posted 08-14-2017 12:15 AM 3041 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this piece of Spalted maple from a lumber mill on a whim while buying other boards for a different project. When I sanded it I was blown away with the spalt patterns. This piece has natural reds and some blue in it! Just a gorgeous piece of wood with beautiful grain. I decided to make a waterfall bench to highlight the color and keep as much of the board as possible. I decided to make a leg angled towards the top to draw the eye – I used wenge and curly maple

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#1 posted 08-14-2017 12:22 AM

Beautiful bench.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#2 posted 08-14-2017 01:10 AM

Gorgeous wood. And nice woodworking to match.

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#3 posted 08-14-2017 01:31 AM

Stunning grain on your waterfall bench LoganN, good job!

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#4 posted 08-14-2017 01:42 PM

Wow! This is outstanding wood and a beautiful piece. What an eye catcher!

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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#5 posted 08-14-2017 03:05 PM

I think the non-waterfall legs clash with the rest of the design, for what its worth. Very sharp, very high-contrast compared to very organic looking slab.

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 03:11 PM

Thanks all! I was very lucky in finding this board and I love how the project turned out! I forgot to mention that it was finished with oil and polyurethane!

And Gargey – good! It should clash to a degree – however, the curly maple I used on the bottom complements the curl in the top and black of the wenge also compliments the black in the spalt lines

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#7 posted 08-14-2017 05:30 PM

This is really gorgeous! Really like your design. What did you use for the finish?

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#8 posted 08-14-2017 07:13 PM

Beautiful wood, you did good on making the most of it

When you bought it, was it being sold as a highly figured piece or did you happen across one of those unexpected great deals?

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#9 posted 08-14-2017 08:22 PM

Beautiful design and execution!

-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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#10 posted 08-14-2017 08:26 PM

Very beautiful piece. Still something I need to try.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 08-14-2017 09:31 PM

Logan, excellent work! I am going to make a waterfall table for our entry. I was thinking two water fall legs, but wanted to ask ….do you think I would need a stretcher from leg to leg? Or a shelf so the legs won’t move. You did not use either, so I would like to know if you think your design will be stable over time? Also, how did you cut the 45? looks very sharp and crisp.


-- Petey

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#12 posted 08-14-2017 11:05 PM

What a beautiful, stunning piece of furniture! It is art and will be seen differently. I for one agree with you that the curly maple and wenge compliment the spalted maple.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 08-14-2017 11:34 PM

that wood is some of the nicest spalted wood ive seen,you did it justice with your design,just outstanding.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 08-15-2017 12:46 AM

BB1 – it’s Danish oil and lots of coats of wipe-on poly! I like to use wipe-on for plated maple because it soaks into the wood and build a shine after many coats

Splintergroup – I bought it on a whim from a pile of Spalted maple I was going through to get boards for a separate table and bench combo I need to make! I knew it was nice, but not THAT nice!

Petey – I did a tv stand with this design and used a stretcher on that one because the board was only about an inch thick. If you use a thicker board and strong reinforcement you should b ok, but I’m not an expert. This one feel strong and stable and I’m not worried about it at all. And I used a makita track saw to cut the 45° Angle. It takes a lot of planning and double checking – the set up at 45 isn’t quite true, but I can shim it there!

Lenny, Potts, King Monte, Map, king helluvawreck, and everyone else – THANK YOU! I am really happy with the way it turned out and I just sold it on instagram (I just posted pictures of it last night!). It’s going to its new home in Minnesota!

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#15 posted 08-15-2017 12:46 AM

Very nice looking table and the waterfall section is outstanding. Personally, I like the wedge and curly maple leg. I think it complements the table. Well done, sir. Well done.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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