|Project by Natalie||posted 01-16-2013 07:18 AM||2170 views||6 times favorited||27 comments|
During my earlier woodworking days I lived in Port Angeles, Washington, and there was a saw mill just outside of town that specialized in cutting figured maple and old growth spruce. They would find amazing figured maple and cut it into 8 inch by 24 inch blanks that were 8-quarter thick. Then they would split them into a book-matched set. They would sell these to guitar and violin making companies. However, if the wood had the slightest imperfection they would toss it into the scrap pile! Many people collected it and used it for fire wood!
This explains why I have a shop full of wood. I would collect these book matched sets by the truck load and I still have a huge collection of them waiting to be something. I have made dozens of these tables and sold them at a local gallery, mostly to tourists who came through town to take the ferry over to Victoria. They were small enough that people could often take them with them, but I did end up shipping quite a few of them.
Many times the blanks had not been split into the book-matched set so they were still 8 quarter thick and I could use those to make a set of legs. I usually used Cherry for the table skirt because I liked the contrast, but sometimes I would also use Cherry for the legs.
In the last photo you can see that I attached to tops with buttons, which is how I do all my table tops.
I also collected similar blanks of old growth spruce from the scrap pile and will eventually post a project I made using some of the spruce.
-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.