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Project by recycle1943 posted 08-21-2018 06:01 PM 1352 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been walking past this spalted/wormy maple plank for over a year and finally last week it told me it wanted to be a table. The problem was that it was only 9 1/2” wide x 48” long and almost 1 1/8” thick and wormier than anything I have ever work before.
Not being a stranger to an occasional failure, I started. I straightened the both edges and was able to determine that it would make a nice 18” square table top for an entry table. The next problem was the ends were so cavity laden
( from worms and some rot ) that it was a very unattractive situation.
After some probing and poking I found that I could fill most of it with little slivers of wood with a glue medium, still was ugly.
Then my fixit mode kicked in and I made the ececutive decision that if this were going to be an entry table, a 1/4” lip around the top would keep items from sliding off. The walnut edge was born. I made the edging to fit flush on the bottom with a 3/8” over lap on the top and 1/4” high. I ran a 1/8” round over bit on the top inside edge just to smooth out the transition.
I had a set of hairpin legs with a third member leg in it but still not sure if it’s the right leg or not. If somebody falls in love with it before I get a softer set of legs, then so be it. Otherwise I’ll change them when I get a regular set.

here’s a couple pictures of the bottom

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 08-21-2018 06:24 PM

I like the raised edging and the table o me!

I do think wooden legs will add an extra good note to this project though!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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MJR

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#2 posted 08-21-2018 06:32 PM

Your wood talks to you too? LOL Mine does sometimes but mostly if stare at it long enough it gives me a “Vision” a picture of what it wants to be… Beautiful job on this table…

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 08-21-2018 06:44 PM



I like the raised edging and the table o me!

I do think wooden legs will add an extra good note to this project though!

- ralbuck

Thanks ralbuck

Wooden legs ? – My wife said the same thing and I was leaning in that direction but I quess I just whimped out. I may yet do some walnut legs for it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 08-21-2018 06:46 PM



Your wood talks to you too? LOL Mine does sometimes but mostly if stare at it long enough it gives me a “Vision” a picture of what it wants to be… Beautiful job on this table…

- MJR

talk, whisper, hint, imagine – all the same lol

Thanks

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 08-21-2018 07:08 PM

Great job, Dick .Very attractive table. I’m glad your wood talks to you too. Everyone thought I was nuts when mine did!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-21-2018 07:36 PM

That is one fantastic piece of wood, a beautiful piece of artwork painted by nature, and your decision to make it a table was a homerun. Cutting it up to make something else would have been a shame, it needs to be viewed in whloe as is.
Regarding the legs, attempting to make wooden ones would be difficult in determining a species to match without clashing or distracting from the beauty, so I believe going to metal is a good design.
Nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 08-21-2018 07:50 PM

Thanks Jim

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 08-21-2018 07:56 PM



That is one fantastic piece of wood, a beautiful piece of artwork painted by nature, and your decision to make it a table was a homerun. Cutting it up to make something else would have been a shame, it needs to be viewed in whloe as is.
Regarding the legs, attempting to make wooden ones would be difficult in determining a species to match without clashing or distracting from the beauty, so I believe going to metal is a good design.
Nice work.

- Oldtool

Thanks Tom,
LEGS — I’m afraid that if I try to make a set of walnut legs, I would be successful in that respect BUT getting them mounted to the table would bring on problems. It (the top) is riddled with channels and I was (am) afraid that getting a skirt and legs mounted would be the demise of a beautiful table top.
It’s still in my mind tho – like I mentioned originally, I’m no stranger to failure

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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ZAGREB

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#9 posted 08-21-2018 07:57 PM

very interesting,i hear the same voices
need a doctor?
nice job,buddy…and yes,wooden legs are better choise

-- bambi

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anthm27

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#10 posted 08-21-2018 10:20 PM

Lovely table and yes the raised edge a great idea. Nice Miters , how did you manage to get the miters so neat?
Well done, Your bowls might get jealous that the table is talking too much.
Cheers
Anth

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leafherder

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#11 posted 08-21-2018 11:03 PM

Beautiful table and thank you for listening to the wood. The pieces on my drying rack talk to me all the time – mostly saying “When are you going to work on me?” And on the subject of wood voices I hear a faint whisper from the direction of Malvern, something about wood legs attached to a frame with the table top resting on the frame – I don’t know it’s very hard to hear the details this far away and metal legs give it a nice mid-century modern look. LOL

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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recycle1943

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#12 posted 08-21-2018 11:10 PM

Thanks bambi

Thanks Anthony – the miters are the result of one of my 5 incra miter gauges. pm me if you want to talk about them or call next time your in the states

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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poospleasures

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#13 posted 08-21-2018 11:30 PM

Good job Dick. I just knew you were busy making something special. That is a very striking table with the thought you put into it. I don,t think I would change the legs. C-ya.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 08-21-2018 11:36 PM



Beautiful table and thank you for listening to the wood. The pieces on my drying rack talk to me all the time – mostly saying “When are you going to work on me?” And on the subject of wood voices I hear a faint whisper from the direction of Malvern, something about wood legs attached to a frame with the table top resting on the frame – I don t know it s very hard to hear the details this far away and metal legs give it a nice mid-century modern look. LOL

Thanks for posting.

- leafherder

Thanks for the comment/help with the legs.
I keep looking at a leg set and the only thing that I have that ( I think ) would work is either walnut or wormy chestnut. The walnut would bring the top edge into the mix but the wormy chestnut would come closer to the spalted coloring plus it would blend better than the walnut (I think)

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 08-21-2018 11:37 PM

Thanks Vernon, it was a fun and actually easy build, a lot easier than my bowls

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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