Maple/Mahogany Entry Bench

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Project by YooperCasey posted 05-27-2008 02:15 AM 1599 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got myself a table saw, and managed to get some maple that I timbered, sawed, and air dried myself turned into planed stock.

Not much special, doug fir ripped from some 2X4s for the legs, pocket screw construction using my Kreg jig. The front piece of maple has a live edge I left on rather then routing a chamfer. I had no idea that the wood would have the color that it does. It’s almost a malty chocolate, the chips out of the planer reminded me of shaved chocolate. Very unlike any other maple I’ve seen, if I hadn’t tapped it for sap a few years back I’d have thought I had the tree mis-identified.

I finished it with a shellac seal coat, a light triple coat of poly, and buffed it with furniture wax. It turned out to be too slippery when putting boots on so I wish I would have waxed it afterwards.

I’m pleased with how it turned out, but I learned a great deal, so my future endeavours should be nicer.

-- Casey, Engineer, Escanaba, MI

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#1 posted 05-27-2008 02:25 AM

that is really cool! keep up the great work!

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#2 posted 05-27-2008 02:47 AM

This is a very nice bench. You put a nice finish on it as well.

Thanks for the post and the story behind it.

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

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#3 posted 05-27-2008 04:51 AM

Nice job. That’s a great looking top!... but what kind of joinery did you use for that hairy 5th leg in the first picture…oh I guess that’s your cat!

Seriously…looks great. Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 05-27-2008 05:35 AM

Nice bench , top looks great , good post

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 05-27-2008 05:51 AM

very cool!!!

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#6 posted 05-27-2008 01:31 PM


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#7 posted 05-27-2008 02:21 PM

Nice little table. I like that you have had the tree through several stages. Shade tree, syrup factory, milled lumber, boards, & finally a table. I like that there is history involved here. Great post.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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