Spalted beech coffee table

This was my first attempt at working with spalted wood and needless to say proved to be a very steep learning curve. It took a lot of trial and error, especially when coming to the finish, but in the end it was worth the effort. Much appreciation for the customers endless patience with this particular project and I hope they are still enjoying this one of a kind piece today.

There was never any intention to start working with this type of wood. To read about it leaves one to wonder why would anyone ever want to work with something that is rotted, full of fungus and insects and who knows what else? Then you see a piece and ask; why haven’t I worked with this before? It is something to see and for those that have not seen this type of wood, pictures cannot do them justice.

This particular piece came from a supplier in Trenton, NJ (yep…..Trenton, NJ). Was the first time I saw in person this type of wood and immediately fell in love.

With slab in hand it was time to layout the best part to keep for the coffee table and what parts to cut off. Was a tough decision being the whole slab was beautiful and full of character, but off with the excess and on to filling all the voids and cleaning out the fungus and dirt.

After epoxy and sanding
Initial epoxy fill

Following cleaning and treatment of the wood, such as epoxy and sealing, it was time to prepare for finishing. After many different trials of various finishing techniques and use of many different types of finishes (and many times removal of such finishes) I was happy to find a technique and type of finish that worked for this type of wood and continue to use it today.

Final finish coat

With that we had a coffee table the likes of which can never be reproduced. As always any comments or request for a custom piece please drop us a line. Thanks for reading.

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