Spalted Sycamore and Walnut End Table

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Project by TheWoodenOyster posted 03-28-2014 09:52 PM 1692 views 21 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone,

This is my most recent project. I got this wood from a friend whose parents had stored it in their barn in Tennessee for about fifty years. Needless to say, I was excited to send it through the planer. To my glee, the walnut was rich and warm and the lighter wood ended up being very spalty sycamore (I think). Jackpot! There wasn’t much of the wood (about 6’ of 4/4 sycamore and 3’ of 4/4 walnut), so I decided to come up with a design that used a small amount of wood. I decided on these compound curved legs and a basic circular top. This is one of my first custom outside the box designs and I had a lot of fun with it.

The top was routed using my circle cutting jig that I made for this project. It worked great. I used a template and a template bit to make the legs. I was going to tenon the legs together at the joint, but once I cut them out, I realized that I was going to have some firewood if I tried cutting mortises and tenons into those curves. So, I basically did 2 pocket holes with screws and glue to hold each leg together. Once the glue dried, I leveled out the joints and plugged the pocket holes. That worked better than I thought it would, for sure. There is a small horizontal landing pad on the legs that you can see in photo 2. I drilled holes in the bottom of the tabletop and the tops of the landing pads and did floating tenons with 1/2” dowels to connect the legs to the base. It is pretty solid considering the stresses that are put on it. I’d feel comfortable putting 50 or 60 pounds on it, at least for a short period of time. Over the long haul, a lamp and a few books will definitely be fine.

Last off, I tried to take some better photos of this project. They are definitely not perfect, but I am learning and they are much better than previous ones. Hopefully, I can continue to learn how to take better pictures of my work. We all know that a well-taken picture can be one of the best marketing tools.

Hope everyone likes it. Comments, questions, and criticisms welcome!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 10:16 PM

Wow !....Love it man !....That top is beautiful and those splayed legs are very cool….Well done !

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 10:34 PM

Cool design, great looking wood, nice work!

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 10:37 PM

Very cool design, it showcases that fantastic piece of sycamore perfectly.
The pictures are not bad either. They could be a little brighter.

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 11:49 PM

Glad y’all like it. As far as those dark pictures go, that was user error. They were looking a little to bright, so I changed a setting to make them darker. Once they came up on the computer screen, I realized they were a little dark. Oh well. Lesson Learned

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 11:52 PM

Beautiful project, the spalted top almost looks like marble. Nice design!

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 12:10 AM

Very cool design! That spalted sycamore is extra special!
It must be smaller than it looks from the amount of wood you used?

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 12:40 AM

Looks like an inspired labor of love! Reminds me of a flower, or a vase. The design is very creative. A piece of art furniture. Pocket screws are a good mechanical joint with glue it should handle downward forces pretty well. Side shear? But my guess is it will not be where children or animals play? LOL!

Caught my eye and imagination right away! It’s a Wow piece.

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 01:15 AM

Great looking table, fantastic wood. Very daring design with a WOW! factor normally found in art galleries.

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 01:20 AM

love those legs!

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 04:10 AM

Gorgeous piece! Well done!

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 04:20 AM


Great design as well.

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#12 posted 03-29-2014 04:38 AM

Very Nice and Well done! Thanks for Posting.


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#13 posted 03-29-2014 04:51 AM

Inspired. And inspiring.


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#14 posted 03-29-2014 05:20 AM

Great work!

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#15 posted 03-29-2014 10:17 AM

Awesome table. I have a slab of nicely grained elm that would make a nice side table. Was thinking of a similar style with the base where the tops kind of floats on it. I’m thinking ebonizing the legs to contrast with the top. Yours looks great though definitely inspiring me right now.

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