Logan’s Spalted Maple Table

This project was a gift for a friend who as a contractor, has come to the rescue of our house a number of times. I wanted something different for his family as a thank you. He recently redid his basement and put in a nice cork floor, so the spalted maple is a nice complement.

The design is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I wanted it to be simple, yet have the look of through tenon joints. The bottom shelf is overlapped with the legs, which are cut out to allow the shelf corners to be seen. For the top I cut off a 2″ edge and joined those underneath to become an apron where the grain was somewhat book ended. Because of the joint technique I used, I had to do a walnut inlay along the joint edge. The top legs are overlapped in 2 depths to help hold it together. Because of the manner in which I put this together, I couldn’t dry fit some of the pieces, which created some interesting issues.

This is completely glued up with no screws or nails holding any of the pieces together. I had originally planned on routing all the edges to soften the corners, but I decided that I liked the sort-of industrial look, so I didn’t do that. I coated the piece with a nice amount of Tung oil and let it sit and cure for about a week. Then I used a water based poly, sanding with 320 grade in between applications (4).


  1. Very nice design Logan. Great work.

  2. Treesha February 25, 2011

    I love this piece. It’s very different and the Maple is so beautiful. Will you be posting plans for this?

  3. Andrew February 25, 2011

    Very cool design.

  4. Scott February 25, 2011

    That would make nice plant stand. Beautiful choice of wood.

  5. Dimitri February 25, 2011

    man, this looks awesome! great work!

  6. adam February 25, 2011

    Wow. I love it. Where do you get spalted maple?

    • Logan March 1, 2011

      I found this wood at a local lumber shop called Pittsford Lumber. I’ve also seen it offered online.

  7. Schmoll February 25, 2011

    Would be hard to set something atop of this and cover anything up. Luv those legs too. Nice work and thanks for sharring.

  8. David Lopez February 25, 2011

    Good work….. Man that you make it look easy!

  9. JoelPro February 26, 2011

    This is awesome! You’ve inspired me to make something similar for a bench my wife’s been asking for. Thanks!

  10. Dan Louks February 26, 2011

    Absolutely Incredible !!!!!!

  11. Dan Louks February 26, 2011

    The eye appeal is second to none, the jointery explodes due to the contrast in material.You should be proud of yourself!!!!

  12. Josh February 27, 2011

    I really like the jointery. I just may have to incorporate that into a maple/walnut sideboard project I have coming up. Very cool.

  13. Philippe Seguin February 27, 2011

    Wow, all the viewer projects are fantastic on this site, but your piece has finally made it painfully clear to me that I should never submit any of my work. This is a beautiful work of art, congradulations.

  14. Logan February 28, 2011

    Thank you all! I’m glad you like the piece- it’s great to know that other woodworkers appreciate what I’ve labored over! I’m really happy with how the spalted maple turned out with the water-poly and how the leg jointery came together. L-31″, H -30″, and W-11.5″. I’d share plans but we are packing to move and (horribly) i’ve packed up my workshop.
    Philipe – TRUST ME, you will get to a point where you feel your work is good enough to share! I look forward to seeing it!

  15. Philippe Seguin March 1, 2011

    Hello Logan, thanks for the encouraging words. It’s very inspiring to see what experienced woodworkers can accomplish. Good luck with your move.

  16. Scott H March 1, 2011

    Love the combination of spalted wood and walnut. I have 1000BdFt of logs in my backyard ready to spalt once the weather warms up. Cross your fingers!

  17. David G March 1, 2011

    Very nice! I wish I could find some good Spalted Maple. Love the design…..

  18. The table came out great, Logan.
    Looks like you spent quite a bit of time pondering the joinery.
    Stunning effect. Don’t believe I’ve seen spalted maple used in such thick elements. Usually more for accent panels and such. Amazing outcome.
    Wishing you a smooth move.
    Thanks for sharing.

  19. Darrell from Mississauga March 3, 2011

    Outstanding work, something to be proud of. I’m sure your friend will be pleased to receive this beautiful table, I know I would.

  20. Jim J March 3, 2011

    Awesome wood. Awesome job.

  21. Great job, Logan. That spalted maple is awesome, and I love the way you joined the legs to the table. It’s really quite striking.

  22. Thomas Tieffenbacher/Doc Savage 45 May 13, 2011

    It’s May. Hope your move was successful. You chose the right combination and the design is well thought out. There is balance and visual flow to the piece. Stunning piece of craftsmanship. Would like to have seen the inside of the table joinery in the photos. What is your nect project?

  23. Logan May 18, 2011

    My next project is getting a workshop set up in my garage! I really don’t want to use the garage, but the basement isn’t big enough! Marc knows what I’m talking about – I need to get my tools organized and safe too.

    • Thomas Tieffenbacher/Doc Savage 45 September 15, 2011

      Moving and setting up might be more complicated than the table. LOL Don’t know where you are located but here in Southern MN the trees are turning and getting redy to shut down already. How’s the table holding up in the basement?

      • Logan April 27, 2012

        The table is in great shape – the floor of the basement is cork and the table looks great with it

  24. John Vincent September 14, 2011

    Absolutely beautiful. I bet your buddy was stoked to get that for his basement.

  25. Johnny Metoyer January 3, 2014

    Logan…I have to say that this is probably one of the most inspiring pieces I have seen. This fits my eye perfectly. The joinery is very pleasing.

    Thanks for sharing!!!

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