Writing Table - Cherry and Curly Maple

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Project by verw0003 posted 03-23-2013 02:12 AM 2425 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 02:20 AM

Very nice…

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 02:23 AM

Nice job on this! It’s beautiful!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 04:05 AM

Beautiful desk ,great job.

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#4 posted 03-23-2013 06:34 AM

Looks great, and love the contrast in the woods

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#5 posted 03-23-2013 10:29 AM

Woza,,,, What a beauty! Great table and nice job on the finishing.

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#6 posted 03-23-2013 11:15 AM

Love the wood. Great looking piece.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-23-2013 01:40 PM

nice table

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#8 posted 03-23-2013 01:45 PM

Gorgeous work…this could work for a fly-tying table, a reading table, a 2-person game table, a writing table and a myriad of other uses…it turned out beautiful.

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#9 posted 04-23-2014 08:52 PM

Wonderful table. Good work. You mention concern with wood movement, has there been any during this time or did those Z brackets do it? I am inspired to do something similar…

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