Sapele & Curly Maple Hall Table
Sapeles are huge trees (up to 150ft tall and 5 feet in diameter) that grow throughout tropical Africa. Their sheer enormity allow them to be readily quartersawn, revealing beautiful straight ribbon striped patterns with rich brownish-red hues and golden undertones.
I picked out this particular piece of maple from a small sawmill in southern Vermont and used another section of it in a similar application in the purpleheart writing desk. A warm beige in color, it has a very dramatic curly figure and tight, irregular grain lines that look almost like a topographical map.
The top of the table is connected to the base via two solid maple supports that create the illusion that it is hovering ever so slightly. Both the curves of the legs and the top were established using the curve of a 6 foot radius for continuity. The front and rear aprons are rectangluar, however, the grain has a feature in the middle that draws the grain into a graceful arc.
Danish oil was used for the finish and the top was sanded to 400 grit, wet-sanded to 800, oiled 6 times and waxed.