The spalted maple I had was about 5/4 rough. I would have loved to shave off a nice 3/8” or so to get them down to 3/4”, but my band saw was no where near up for the task. Off to the planer we go (after being ripped to width and jointed).
Since the boards I had were about 5/4, I couldn’t make the legs the desired 1.5” thick without gluing some together. Since the spalting and grain patterns were so varied, gluing two pieces together looked pretty gross. I decided to run a 1/4” thick piece of walnut down the center and finish-mill the legs after gluing.
I don’t have pics of the skirt at this stage, but I looked for some of the wildest wood in the lot that I could find. Unfortunately, that meant the wood being all sorts of twirly after milling it down. Nothing a good humidity change and some weights couldn’t fix :)
My wife has accepted that I like gluing and finishing in the den, rather than out in the shop. It is a much more controlled environment, allows me to work much later into the night, and lets me game or work on computers while I’m waiting for things to set/cure/dry.
-- Dan, Rochester, NY