Spalted Sweetgum Table

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Project by Chris Dehmer posted 397 days ago 2238 views 15 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally! Nearly two years after I began this project, I had time to complete it over the winter of 2013.

I put the top and waterfall leg together in July 2011 and then stuck the table on a shelf, where it waited patiently for me to finish the job.

The woods used in the table are spalted sweetgum and padauk; I thought the red of the padauk worked well with the many colors in the sweetgum.

The padauk stretchers are a single piece of wood that pass through the legs. It was a bit of a challenge to cut the mortises in the leg, which had softened so much during the spalting process but sharp chisels did the trick.

The finish is epoxy and lacquer.

-- Chris,Atlanta Georgia,

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#1 posted 397 days ago

Wow! Great table – must of been a big shelf.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#2 posted 397 days ago

Fabulous table. Great work.

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#3 posted 397 days ago

Sweet looking table. Great detail on the lower shelf.

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#4 posted 397 days ago

Well worth the wait, great job. I really like the way the padauk accents the piece and the way you ran them through the mortise. At first I was afraid it was a faux mortise.

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#5 posted 397 days ago

Very pretty indeed. That’s a very dramatic accent with the padauk shot through. I’m curious as to why it sat for two years when you only had a tiny bit of simple chiseling to do. Right.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#6 posted 397 days ago

Very beautiful!. Eventhough sweetgum is known to be “unruly”, even after it’s been seasoned properly, I still love the colors in the wood, even when it’s not spalted. I’ve used it myself in many projects. Very beautiful piece and excellent pairing of woods.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#7 posted 397 days ago

That is a beautiful table,the grain in the top and legs is really pretty and the through stretchers just ad to the over all great look… well done.

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

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#8 posted 397 days ago

Beautiful job on the waterfall leg! And that bottom stretcher is inredible!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 397 days ago

Wholly @!#$% Love!!!

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#10 posted 397 days ago

Great job mate!!! The sweet gum is gorgeous and that waterfall joint looks flawless.

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

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#12 posted 395 days ago

Awesome, worth the wait for sure!


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#13 posted 394 days ago

Wonderful and gorgeous table! Interesting design on the bottom and great joinery. Love the wood selection, very attractive. Excellent job!

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#14 posted 387 days ago

love the design- the table seems modern but with a rustic appeal, too. I love the seamless joint at one end.

what are the overall dimensions of the table top?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#15 posted 367 days ago

beautiful table!

-- If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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