Turnbuckles and an Eye Catching Piece of Lumber Keep this Bar Height Table Square

Post by Chris Wunder (Scott’s lovely wife)

Here’s a great example of wood and metal together to create a unique bar table.


Spalted maple isn’t exactly the first choice for many, but the look is very distinctive. If you aren’t familiar with spalted wood, let me enlighten you. Spalted wood is the unique color and dark lines that occur from fungal growth in wood. Simply put, it has a little rot in it. Surprising to some, this look is sought after and makes the wood more valuable. Spalting occurs in trees (or parts of trees) that have already died.

Here metal legs are used for the industrial feel. The cross piece of wood adds a great amount of stability, and the turnbuckles bring the stability home, while enforcing the industrial element.

Turnbuckles and a cross piece of wood keep this table square.

About wunderwoods

Hi! My name is Scott Wunder and I am the owner of WunderWoods Custom Woodworking. We build wine cellars, built-ins and furniture from local woods, here in St. Louis, MO. Recently, I finished a three-year term as the President of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild, which had me writing a monthly article for our newsletter. I love to write, especially about wood, and found that I still had more to say. Every day I run into something wood related that I realize some of my customers don't know and this seems like a great forum for sharing what I have learned (instead of telling the same story to each person). The main thing to remember is that I try to keep it light and as my wife always reminds people that have just met me, "He is joking."

5 responses to “Turnbuckles and an Eye Catching Piece of Lumber Keep this Bar Height Table Square”

  1. BK Ellison says :

    Is there any chance of a close up photo that shows how the turnbuckle is attached at the top and bottom?

    • wunderwoods says :

      Not from us. Table is finished and gone. Since it is bar stock, we were able to drill a small hole the diameter of the cable and feed the cable through. On the back side, we swaged on a ferrule to keep the cable from pulling through.

  2. Jim Hoeller says :

    Very nice!!

  3. Doug Nelson says :

    Unique table! nicely done.

  4. stuart a pickens says :

    beautiful artistic blend of natural and industrial look.

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