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Blog series by JamesVavra updated 09-08-2011 08:52 AM 4 parts 11763 reads 16 comments total

Part 1: Concept

09-13-2011 04:42 PM by JamesVavra | 5 comments »

While the project is already underway, I thought I go ahead and start from the beginning. A couple of years ago, I built a new workshop in the backyard. I included a ‘bonus’ room above it with plans to eventually finish it out as a mancave: wet bar, big TV, etc. Although the mancave is not 100% finished out (I still need to make some cabinet doors, connect the water supply, and paint trim) it’s football season and have the big TV and a comfy couch, so it’s useable....

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Part 2: Slab Flattening

09-14-2011 03:52 PM by JamesVavra | 6 comments »

The slab was mostly flat to begin with. However, it was fairly close to the center of the tree, and there was a bit of pith that cupped down the middle – about 1/4” high on one side and 1/4” low on the other. A scrub plan likely would have made quick work of getting it roughly flat, but I don’t have a scrub plane. A planer would have been very effective as well, but it’s too wide for my 12.5” lunchbox planer. So instead, I took a a hand held belt sander ...

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Part 3: Base Construction

09-15-2011 04:50 AM by JamesVavra | 3 comments »

The base was pretty straight forward: it’s 16” x 16” x 8” and the hole on the inside is 8” x 8” It’s all made from 3/4” MDF. I really hate working with MDF, but the extra weight and the smooth surface are perfect for this project. I attached a piece of scrap 2x yellow pine to the bottom of the slab. The base will slip on to this scrap and be screwed off. The below photo shows the assembly – minus one of the outside faces of the base so...

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Part 4: Completed

09-18-2011 11:36 PM by JamesVavra | 2 comments »

A coat of primer followed by 4 coats of gloss black enamel from a spray can finished the base. The slab has 2 coats of water-borne polyurethane on the bottom side and the top has 6 coats of poly. Apologies for the crappy cell phone pics – I’ll get some new ones when I post it as a finished project. James

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