Modern Live Edge Coffee Table (Spalted Maple) - Seattle

This spalted maple live edge slab coffee table comes from an old maple tree that fell down in a storm a few years ago on Orcas Island, WA. "Spalting" occurs in a few tree species (particularly maple and alder) when fungi spreads through the trunk of the tree. Note the very fine black veining within the slab and natural color variation in the wood due to this natural process. This makes spalted wood difficult to find and rare. It is highly prized by woodworkers and wood enthusiasts alike. It is by far my favorite type of wood.

The rough bark typically found on the live edge has been removed and the layer beneath sanded smooth. The two ends of the slab have been expertly shaped and curved to provide continuity of the live edge all the way around the slab - typically the ends of slabs are simply sawed off. The natural patina and color variation in the wood has been preserved with a satin acrylic (polyurethane) finish. This finish does not impart any color into the wood nor will it yellow over time. This table has a tripod base - it has 3 legs with a compound tapers (1 1/4" on the top down to 5/8" touching the floor) for a more elegant look. The western maple legs have been stained dark brown (java) to contrast with the light colored slab and make the the dark veins in the spalted slab pop. Legs are splayed approximately 7-degrees angle out to ensure that the table is stable and will not tip over.

The tapered legs are secured via mortise and tenon joinery. Top and bottom have been milled perfectly flat. This is an elegant table made to support approx 50-75lbs of weight.

Dimensions: 21" wide x 53" long x 17.75" tall. Slab top is approx 1.25" thick.

Note: I have more wood from the same tree to make additional coffee tables, benches, dining tables, etc if interested.

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