Spalted Maple reading desk

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Project by Stephen posted 1428 days ago 1411 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The man I got this wood from said he buried the logs for +-18months before sawing. 3$ bf. I had never worked with it before and found out quick I needed to wear a face mask when cutting and sanding. It was fun to make since I had never done trestles quite like this.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#1 posted 1428 days ago

very nice, great character.

-- “Don’t tell me what can’t be done, tell me what you want done then shut up and get out of my way and let me do it!”

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#2 posted 1428 days ago

Great looking wood, wonderful design.

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#3 posted 1428 days ago

Beautiful wood and woodwork! The spalted ample looks really good for your table top!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 1428 days ago

That gives the table a really cool look, I like it.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 1427 days ago

Nice table, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 1427 days ago

Beautiful wood and fine craftsmanship! Is the design from one of the Shea books, or is it your own? Nicely sized for working with a laptop I think…

-- SteveL

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#7 posted 1427 days ago

I appreciate the comments, thanks all.
SteveL, the design is mine but the style is borrowed from shaker trestle table. I am not so good at m&t so I used halflap(bridal joint) for the legs. I got to talk my wife into letting me make the hancock bench, she says where you going to put it.

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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#8 posted 1423 days ago

Very nice. I love spalted wood. beautiful job. The best spalted lumber I have ever seen was pecan. Very dark darks and very light light wood.

-- Have a great day.

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#9 posted 1418 days ago

great looking table Stephen. All of the Spalted maple I have seen up close has soft or punky spots in it, did you have these in your stock? if so how did you handle them to get a consistent table top surface?

I’ve seen a few sources where the soft spots were treated with CA glue prior to working the wood.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#10 posted 1416 days ago

DavidH, I was fortunate with these few boards I was able to acquire. The spalting was stopped at just the right time and I only had very small areas that were not real solid. I didnt have to do any thing to the wood in preperation for the finish other than sanding. The man I got them from creates his own by cutting the logs and burying them for a period of time(18months) and then sawing and kiln drying asap to stop the spalting. At least thats the way he explained it to me and it seemed to work. The wood was at least as hard as pine plus some. I did have to wear breathing protection throughout the project. I am allergic to molds, etc..

-- Stephen, West Virginia

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