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Spalted Maple and Steel coffee table

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Project by donaldmee posted 06-26-2013 03:25 PM 1523 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this table, and I couldn’t be more happy with it. I picked up this slab of hared maple and before I even started to flatten and sand it, I knew it had some beautiful amazing figure. I hand cut the slots for the steel legs to fit into and am happy with the result, but I also know that I need to cut about a hundred more to get that super tight fit that I am longing for. The slab is about 47”long by about 46” wide and 3” thick and stands 19” tall, the steel legs are 1 1/2”X6” mild steel C-channel. I finished it with a few coats of tung oil and past wax.I built it on spec so now I just have to find the right client for it. I look forward to your comments and critiques. Cheers!

-- donald mee





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woodcox

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#1 posted 06-26-2013 04:01 PM

Very cool man,I like the c-channel. I love my Vaughan ryoba too. I also have those chisels….hey wait a minute, are you the one sneakin into my shop using my tools?! :) Nice figure in there.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 06-26-2013 04:05 PM

Very nice. I have a question about working with spalted maple. I picked some slabs up from the local mill with some very nice spalting which I intend to use in a bed’s head and foot boards. How hard is it to work? Are there any tricks or lessons learned you would care to share? I ask because I have heard that the spalting is known to tear out more easily.

Again, I always like you work.

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#3 posted 06-26-2013 11:56 PM

Wow that turned out really nice!

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#4 posted 06-27-2013 01:00 AM

Hi Donald,

Always love these wood and steel creations of yours!

Question: how do you attach the steel to the wood, I can’t see any screws heads in the C-channel?

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#5 posted 06-27-2013 07:15 AM

Really nice work I like the steel wood combo. That’s a real nice slab.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#6 posted 06-28-2013 02:26 PM

Thank you all for the views and comments. Jeff I have not found spalted wood to tear out any more then other wood, although very sharp tools can help that. what I have found with spalting is avoid any areas that are punky or to soft from the decaying process. Safferin, on most of my work I weld a frame underneath to hold the wood up and the steel together. I hope that helps fellas. If not we can talk more.

-- donald mee

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#7 posted 06-28-2013 08:39 PM

That’s gorgeous! Like the wood and metal combo. From the looks I know that the joinery is great. Impressive work!

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