Natural Edge Maple Burl Table

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 276 days ago 1131 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest creation. This piece of maple has everything you would want in a piece of maple, burling, eyes, natural edge, voids, bark inclusions, flames, quilting, color and spalting. This piece was between 75 & 100 years old when it died. My 22-44 Performax paid for it’s self during the leveling of this piece. I started out using 36 grit and went to 100 grit to finish with the Performax. I used my orbital from there and finished with 280 grit. I applied 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. I steel wooled (00) between the 1st & 2nd coats, orbital sanded using 280 between the 2nd & 3rd coats and finished with 1200 after the 3rd coat and added 2 coats of hand wax. My legs were special ordered from in So CA (thank you Daniel). Now for the task of selling it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Comments and questions are always welcome.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 276 days ago

Wow …what a great looking maple burl…colour and figure are amazing…great job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#2 posted 276 days ago

Beautiful job Jim. Hooray for Arm-R-Seal.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 276 days ago

After big sweating, the grain shows up beautiful….
Fantastic table !!!

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#4 posted 276 days ago

A stunning piece of furniture. This is blowing me away. The wood is really awesome. Very impressed.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#5 posted 276 days ago

Beautiful table. But I’m just a but curious about your choice of buying metal legs versus making wood legs? (Juust being nosey:-))

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#6 posted 276 days ago

Love the look of maple burl it is one of my favorites and you have done it justice.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#7 posted 276 days ago

Joein10asee, couldn’t find the RIGHT configuration for the legs so I went with these as I really like them

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#8 posted 276 days ago

wow that’s a real amazing maple slab and a beautiful table

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 276 days ago

That burl slab is simply amazing!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 276 days ago

That is a real beauty Jim…....great work!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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#11 posted 276 days ago

Wow. That is a spectacular slab. Beautiful job!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#12 posted 276 days ago

Very nice piece of functional art. Wow, love the burl size and variations. The steel legs work for me, industrial look is vogue now. Did you paint the legs or did they come finished?

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 276 days ago

CalgaryGeoff, the are raw steel. No sealer or anything.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#14 posted 275 days ago

look’s great. Nice work..

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#15 posted 275 days ago

that is gorgeous

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