After our recent trip to Lewis Lumber Products, I picked out the type of wood I will be working with for this project. Keith helped me decide on "Wormy Maple" for its distinct features and as we described it, "rustic and Scandinavian look." Wormy Maple is also known as ambrosia maple and the small black holes throughout aren't actually caused by worms but rather ambrosia beetles. The beetles bore a network of tunnels throughout the tree and then a fungus creates the black and grey streaks we see. Neither of these features affect the structural integrity of the wood in any way. The ambrosia maple is common to the central part of Eastern United States.
This weekend I received my selected wood from Keith, both planed and glued (Thanks Keith!), and I have begun to cut out the legs for my table. The shape is derived from the curves seen in a skier's descent and the larger shape fits into the rustic appeal. To create the legs, I used one of the newest pieces of machinery in the Architectural Model Shop, the CNC Router. The CNC Router is a spinning drill bit attached to a moving arm, based on a 3d model the router will slowly carve the stock material to your programmed shape.