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Custom Gaming Projects #5: The First of the Cedar Slab Tables Completed!

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 04-17-2012 02:50 AM 4527 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK so this is the first of the completed “Cedar Slab Gaming Tables” ... we’ll post some of these as projects when we get better photos and a few more completed.

We inserted one of our Leopard Wood and Swiss Pear boards with an ebony boarder. It’s inset w/ the full 3/4” plywood backing so it actually stabilizes the whole slab.

We put in a series of butterflies as a decorative and functional feature. The larger cracks were filled with walnut chunks – why walnut?? Cause we had it laying around no other reason. Next ones who knows whatever scrap wood I find goes into the project!

We cast two concrete bases – one green veining and the other well didn’t come out as colorful as we wanted but we have some plans to improve it.

The tops are secured with a square steel plate. We cast bolts into the pyramid pedestals sticking up about 3/4” to allow space for the plate, a washer, and a nut. We then simply put lag bolts up into the tabletop.

We have seven more of these cedar slabs and plan to work on a few more tables shortly.

Mike Pietras shown grinding away in his stylish plastic parka.

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



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hunter71

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 03:10 AM

Beautiful, Someday I would like to visit your shop. I suspect pictures do not do the craftsmanship justice.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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GrandpaLen

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 02:52 PM

Eric,

That Game Table is extraordinary!

I think what you guys are doing with the concrete stands is quite exceptional.

Very nice fit and finish. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 03:21 PM

Thanks for the feedback -

Depends w/ the photos – sometimes Photoshop works wonders! Its hard to get shots of a lot of this stuff. We’re planning to get the bubinga table better and the gaming tables will move outside or somewhere w/ better lighting and we’ll get those.

Curious how the lineup will turn out w/ the 7 remaining ones.

- Eric

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

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 03:27 PM

i really like this one eric, your partner is a good addition to your company, i really love the slab of cedar, and on the concrete it is a good fit…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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BTimmons

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 05:46 PM

Very cool and unique. I dig ‘em.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 11:03 PM

Here’s the table tops – I’ll post more detailed images shortly. The tables are currently offsite on display at Hopewell Valley Vineyards. Someday we’ll make more chess pieces to go with them. The drunken set we’ll also post as a project ASAP!

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

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