|Project by verw0003||posted 03-23-2013 02:12 AM||1889 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
First experience working with curly maple and I’m hooked! I was able to get my hands on 2 pieces that were about 4 feet long by 12 inches wide. They were glued together and then I fit 3” cherry around the rest of the top. The table top is floating and secured with Z-brackets so I’m hoping to avoid any issues with expansion or contraction. The legs were tapered on 2 sides on the planer using a jig. There is a cut out in the front of the table to allow for a little extra leg room. Drawer fronts are curly maple with birch plywood sides (wish I would have used hardwood). Used my Rockler jig for the dovetails. I made matching cherry picture frames for our diplomas. Makes for a pretty solid study corner/nook.
Curl on the maple was accentuated using the “wood whisperer’s” technique on how to make figured maple pop. Involves a coat of shellac, followed by sanding, multiple layers of clear seal-a-cell. I then applied several layers of poly to give it a nice shine. Usually sanded back to 320 between the coats.