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spalted curly maple/walnut table

Listing #334   Listed on: 04/14/2006

Company Name: Nelson Company L.L.C.VERY poor photos of a table I am about to finish (still needs a quick sand and final coat) Just wanted to show what a hack woodworker with a sawmill can make from a couple yard trees. For those of us lucky enough to work with figured lumber, it's a given no photo can do it justice anyway.

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I love curly lumber, too bad most people don't even know what they are seeing. That is why I wanted to share my blurry pics here, you guys get it.

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Another crappy shot

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Figured walnut legs and a fuzzy shot of the sapwood I sawed off the top slab and used underneath.

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Thomas, yea Mike is right. It is spalted, I just took a side shot to show the curl on the top. Straight on you can really see it. The sapwood skirt is not spalted. Here is some of the lumber fresh off the mill (there is a 24" framing square on top of the right one to show how wide they are)

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Brian, this is where I got the maple, I found it laying and milled it, then kiln dried it myself. I thank anyone for thier comments positive or negative, I do my own design and have no "formal" training. But an old guy (when I was a master plumber) told me once "Your eye is your best tool, if it looks good, it is good". I have no problem selling my stuff, it must look good to the untrained eye like mine. The plugs in the edges were sort of a sticking point for me. The walnut is figured too even though the pictures don't show it. When I ripped it, it went crazy. I was determined to use it, and it was so out of whack I had to screw/glue it to make it stay. As far as wasting the wood in the skirt cutout, nothing gets wasted here. I sell pen blanks, make small boxes, make doll house furniture... it ALL get used or sold. I have $0 dollars in that log in the picture, it was delivered (with an endloader, to clean up a yard) A little gas, and a couple blade resharps for the bandmill is my only $ outlay. My labor for sawing and drying and $ outlay was paid for LONG before I started hacking on the 800bft? of my own stash by selling a few slabs right off the mill. Did I mention I love having a sawmill?


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Posted By: Daren Nelson     [04/14/2006]

I should mention that top is 24" wide (obiously one slab) + the walnut. I sawed a pretty large maple, and have dozens of 50" + bookmatches. I love having a sawmill, plenty of wood to practice on.

Posted By: mike     [04/14/2006]

man its out of focus...L hey not a big fan of the spalted,but you got the best outta that one...great job.most customers we have do not know what curly,or quilted maple is...

Posted By: Brian Sheldon     [04/14/2006]

Be nice! To be a good worker you have to be confident in not only your work but yourself. The pics look fine, no blurry pics here. The figure is amazing, pictures do no justice, I know the feeling! To be honest, I'm not really fond of the design. The skirts seem a little akward to me, could of just ripped them in straight and rounded over the edges, but that's just my opinion. I just don't like to waste wood, especially curly maple. Also, I saw you screwed it and plugged up the holes, which is a nice touch. Ive done tables like this but mitered instead of butt joints and felt the screws wouldn't be neccesary as if my own body weight couldnt break it off, I didn't think normal usage would to any extreme so I didn't bother. Glue is exceptionally strong, so it just seemed uneccesary to me. Where did you get the wood for the top slab? It's beautiful, I would pay top dollar for it! I love the different ages of the wood, sap and heart.

Posted By: Thomas     [04/15/2006]

Daren, you lucky so*! Glad you're having fun with the mill & enjoy the lumber.
Mike, I don't see any spalting, all I see is fantastic figure.

Posted By: James     [04/15/2006]

Nice Daren, really nice. I like them figured and wide. Keep posting the pics.


Posted By: mike     [04/15/2006]

I think i was misunderstood,i think its an amazing specimen of curly maple just in general spalted maple isnt at the top of my to use list.....

Posted By: steve     [04/17/2006]

I don't think it's my business to critique others work (it's art...none of it is wrong). Your table is a beauty!
Have you considered tapering your table legs? It is easy enough to do and would bring more emphasis to the table top.

Posted By: Daren     [04/17/2006]

Steve, no I didn't think of it, I wish I had. That little detail would make a world of difference. It would make the tapered skirt make more sense. I guess that was what Brian was eluding to, but I just didn't get his advice until now, the legs and skirt don't match. Thanks guys.

Posted By: ironworker     [04/19/2006]

Great wood Daren! Hey I know what you mean about loving your mill. I built mine a few years ago. The feeling of building something from scatch is priceless. It's called showing off. Its a good thing.

Happy sawing and keep building


Posted By: Terry     [05/30/2006]

I once installed a hardwood floor useing the same spalted maple flooring that was left over from Opra Winfrea Winffrey winfrea any way it wont be on the test. Any how the spalted Maple was actualy regular maple untill they buried in the ground and alowed it to rot basicly. After it rotted and got all these beutiful black streaks and such it looked good to the eye but to actualy use the stuff is another matter. It would actualy crumbel in your hand if you got a realy bad spalted peice. I like the look but I would never ever buy anything made of the stuff.
Opra installed about 100,000 sqft of the crap in her mantion / crib then this builder in Kentucky aquired the rest of it mucher cheaper than she paid for it and I put it in his house and it was a nightmare to work with.
Aside from that I think your choice of tops was a good one I realy like the old American crafstman look it has. It would sell easy I think because it is so unique.

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