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What do we do with this WOOD?! #10: A Giant Walnut Butterfly

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 03-21-2012 06:19 PM 1276 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So – I think we’ll build a table around it … tempting to do sorta like a Russian egg type deal with butterflies into butterflies into butterflies … but we’ll see.

Just happened to pick these up this morning so … Here’s what we have so far:

These look like a giant butterfly and they will stay that way mounted thing end end-to-end . I’m making a table – around them that may or may not be shaped out in some funky way like a butterfly. Probably square it but IDK yet …

Grain has to go cross the table to make this look right – nobody would put a butterfly going with the grain right?

Somehow we have to support everything as there’s a lot of end grain glue-ups pending. That won’t hold strength so we have to spline this thing like crazy.

This is gonna end up about a 10ft long by 40-48” wide piece … on speculation and for fun … need a buyer who can like the style and fit it in their home.

Contemplating a lincoln log base out of concrete rounds cast like lincoln logs … but it’s only a thought at the moment not sure yet.

The surrounding wood will probably be quarter sawn white oak, as I have a ton of it which is really nice stuff and that would go perfect with it.

AND so – the short story is here I go putting two more slabs into the inventory for a project that will be done SOMEDAY (hopefully this summer) ... another pending $10,000 table to find a place to store … I’m not really sure if I’m learning too fast here or not we’ll see at the end of the summer if I have a whole heard of tables or manage to convert them into a good stash of cash.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com



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