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Blog entry by Belford posted 01-06-2017 02:12 AM 980 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I certainly don’t need this and I don’t even know what to do with it. But despite the price, I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy this humongous piece of Katalox or Mexican Ebony (Swartzia spp. S. Cubensis)
It’s eight feet long, slightly more than two inches thick and fifteen inches wide and heavy as hell.
As I’m led to believe Katalox is usually sold in much smaller pieces for turning or inlay, so I consider this a rare find for a boy in Minnesota.
Like I said, I don’t need it, but I won’t sell it and considering the difficulty working Katalox and the fact that it can be troublesome to glue, my only option may be to make a bench too heavy to steal or just lean it against the wall and look at it until I die. The late Andy Rooney said he had several pieces of wood too beautiful to abuse by making something from them. That’s the way I feel about this wood. Although I did rub on a few coats of Shellac.



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papadan

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#1 posted 01-06-2017 02:39 AM

Looks just like a bar top to me, and I don’t drink.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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#2 posted 01-06-2017 02:52 AM

Chop that puppy up and use it. It’s look better if it was used as something.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 01-06-2017 02:04 PM

I’d be all for hanging that ting up on the wall and staring at it. Something about the sapwood and the bark and the size make this piece really appealing. I guess I see slabs a walnut kinda like that all the time and certainly eastern cedar boards, and while both are really cool and beautifiul, they don’t’ have the same mystique as this piece seems to have.

-- Ted

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#4 posted 01-06-2017 02:07 PM

It ALREADY IS something that you appreciate. Enjoy it “as is”, also knowing that if nothing else you could always sell it for what you have in it. Can’t say that for a lot of things people buy without knowing exactly why. Congratulations and enjoy.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#5 posted 01-06-2017 02:12 PM

What beautiful Slab.

-- Ray Vanderpool

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#6 posted 01-06-2017 02:53 PM

Waterfall table?

This is why I stick to buying ugly wood. That way, things can only get better once I fire up a saw.

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#7 posted 01-07-2017 01:08 AM

Belford, that is a beautiful slab. It screamed “coffee table” to me. Run a center line down the length, then make 45° cuts from the center line. The 4 triangular pieces can be arranged into a square. Adjust the triangles to maximize the slab. Either use walnut or steel for the legs so they don’t visually detract from the top.

I apologize, I can’t get this to display right side up even though it is on my computer. FWIW

-- Art

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#8 posted 01-07-2017 01:22 AM

I think two words apply and they are not “foolish choice” either!

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 01-07-2017 03:21 PM

Looks like a workbench top to me. Can keep the live edges by slicing length wise and making it wider. If it’s oily, use alcohol on the edges and super glue (gotta work fast).That will help with possible movement issues. The vises can go at the ends which will also help with movement.

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#10 posted 01-07-2017 06:13 PM

So it is obvious that you need to have a stone fire place built and that is the mantle. What a wonderful problem my friend.

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#11 posted 01-07-2017 06:28 PM

Put a talking fish on it and put the whole thing on the wall.

M

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#12 posted 01-07-2017 06:33 PM

That is a wonderful piece of wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 01-09-2017 06:44 AM

Great looking wood, lean it against the wall.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#14 posted 01-09-2017 11:52 AM

Talking fish is the best Idea…

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#15 posted 01-10-2017 12:32 AM

Rip it about 3/4 ths the way across, stand the narrow piece on end behind the wide and YES it would make a fantastic mantel over a stone fireplace. Oh hell..just ship it to me and I’ll show you.

-- Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity!

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