Maple Burl Table

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Project by DaMoose posted 07-29-2012 09:18 PM 4862 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a maple burl table with a birch stump base. My Uncle made these and when he passed I inherited his equipment that was used to make these style tables when he passed. The burl measures 42” across the long side. It was given to him by a Canadian logger specifically for my Uncle to complete, but since my Uncle got very sick it sat for years in his shop until he passed and then my aunt told me about the burl and who it was supposed to go to.

The logger had also gotten a stump that he wanted used but had not been brought home from Canada and was left at my Uncles cabin. My other Uncle attempted to bring it back and was stopped at U.S. Customs and made to throw it away.

I went out and dug up this birch stump and dried it in my basement under tarps with a DE-humidifier and heater. Took about 60 days.

The burl was 8” thick when I started milling it down with the router jig my Uncle had made and when it was complete it was 4” thick. I then had to level the stump which was a task and assemble the whole thing.

Without notice I arrived the following spring in Canada at the loggers home and delivered on my Uncles promise. This was my first burl table and I have since acquired the remaining burls my Uncle had, some are much larger then this one, many around half the size. If I can get more stumps I intend on making several of these.

-- Ken, Michigan

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 09:37 PM

That’s gorgeous wood! Wish I had a couple of those

-- Tobes, AZ

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 09:51 PM

Amazing. Looks great!

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 07-29-2012 10:47 PM

Nice and gorgeous lumber!!!
Enjoy the beauty!

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#4 posted 07-29-2012 11:28 PM

Nice job! I am sure that your Uncle would be proud of your efforts!!

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#5 posted 07-29-2012 11:39 PM

Beautiful table and a great story to go with it. Congratulations! I’m sure your Uncle would be proud you made good on his promise.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 01:06 PM

The first photo makes the top appear mushroom shape which comes from the gain work of the burl. I would love to see this one live…great piece thanks for showing…BC

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#7 posted 07-30-2012 01:30 PM

Beautiful job. Great story to go along with it. Check out fellow LJ- Wayne Dailey from Tennessee. He does similar work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 07-30-2012 06:37 PM

Awesome wood and awesome job. I am stunned that there appear to be no cracks… What kind of witchcraft is this?!

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#9 posted 07-30-2012 07:56 PM

Thanks for all the feed back. Pete in Wilmette, Il. Nope no witchcraft there were several fisher cracks that filled in nice with the urethane.

-- Ken, Michigan

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#10 posted 07-30-2012 08:28 PM

Still! With a slab that size, I’d have expected some heftier radial cracks, 1/2” wide or more. Whatever you or your uncle did to dry it, you’re doing it well!

-- Pete in Wilmette, IL

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 12:26 AM

Beautiful work. You can be proud of this one. Thank you for sharing.

-- Flying MLB *** A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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