Tiger maple pie crust

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I’m just in the mood for tea tables tonight. This pie crust stand is copied from an original that is in a private collection. The top is approximately 26” in diameter. The whole piece is made of extremely figured tiger maple. If you want a challenge, try carving ball and claw feet in this tuff. It’s like carving iron. The color is achieved with a layered analine dye and oil stain. The finish on the top is a tung oil and varnish mix. The base is finished in shellac. Yep, it took a lot of hours to do all that carving.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#1 posted 04-19-2008 03:49 AM


This is a beautiful table. You really did a nice job of bringing out the grain in the tiger maple. It adds so much visual interest to the piece. Your finishing looks very good as well.

I can imagine it did take a lot of time to do all that carving.

Thanks for the post. I really enjoy looking at your work.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-19-2008 03:51 AM

Wow, beautiful wood and a fabulous table. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 04-19-2008 04:23 AM

Would you tell us exactly how you dyed it? Finishing is a weak spot for me, most especially were it concerns dye.

Also, Wow!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 04-19-2008 04:29 AM

Chris, I tell you what, I’ll work up a blog on some finishing tips and try to get it up in the next week or so. Once I get my blog up and running on my website, I’ll try to post something pretty regularly on finishing with LOTS of pics on the various stages. Keep watching for the posts.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#5 posted 04-19-2008 04:55 AM

Very impressive Chuck!

I’ve done some carving (only when necessary) so I can appreciate the work you put into this table. I’ve done B&C feet in walnut and mahogany, BUT never in hard maple.

You do beautiful work!

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#6 posted 04-19-2008 05:04 AM

We have a pie crust table in our family, I have always admired it. However, it is made with a separate moulding. Is yours? Regardless, it is a test of patience that I am not capable of. It is outstanding. I would like to hear more about the mechanics of your task. You are a true master.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#7 posted 04-19-2008 06:31 AM

Very cool. I’ve been waiting for a super wide piece of mahogany to come along to make a single piece one of those.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 04-19-2008 07:07 AM

High Chuck

Exquisite detail and design as always. Really love that grain. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 04-19-2008 07:38 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- Tom, Central New York

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#10 posted 04-19-2008 07:44 AM

Wow. I can’t imagine carving something like that, let alone with constant grain reversal and maple to boot.
That is a masterwork. Bravo.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 04-19-2008 09:21 AM

Very nice grain. That is a beautiful table, Thanks for posting.

-- --Chuck

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#12 posted 04-19-2008 10:17 AM

Thanks to all for their compliments. The molded top is carved from the solid. I can’t even begin to imagine the headaches of trying to make it a separate piece and apply it. I have some 20” wide tiger maple but, even with all my sources, that 26” wide super curly piece has managed to elude me. Good luck in your hunt Gary. I’m sure when you find that super wide piece, given your talent, your table will easily surpass mine.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#13 posted 04-19-2008 02:11 PM

Just excellent!! What more can be said?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 04-19-2008 04:38 PM

Another exquisite piece, Chuck.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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