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Project by The Box Whisperer posted 05-24-2014 11:21 AM 4196 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bad boy was a while in the making, as I worked on it between other projects.

The top is about 4ft at its longest and about 30” at the widest. The apron is made from 5/4ths walnut and the legs from 12/4ths walnut. The apron is assembled with 45 degree miters and the legs were notched out to support it fully. The top is full of spalting, but also wormholes, many going right through the top. I used West’s epoxy system to fill the holes and while it wasn’t cheap it worked really well. I finished the whole piece in General Finishes endurovar semi gloss. To be honest the build was pretty simple, so I don’t have a lot to say. My goal was to let the maple speak for itself. The pics don’t show much of the build, because there isn’t much to show. I tried to focus on the nicer parts of the maple and show where the epoxy did it’s thing.

Hope you all like, any and all comments welcome!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-24-2014 11:25 AM

Awesome. My kind of thing, I think it’s beautiful.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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The Box Whisperer

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#2 posted 05-24-2014 12:04 PM

Thank you so much Monte, not sure if you’ve seen much of my stuff but I’m a BIG fan of both your work and your presence and contributions on this site. You just made my day bud!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#3 posted 05-24-2014 12:04 PM

beautiful,great work!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 05-24-2014 12:29 PM

Nicely done Joe. Love the top. A lot of time, care and patience in this project. West’s epoxy is great stuff. I like that it doesn’t amber or cloud- lets the beauty show through.

Well done.

Terry

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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The Box Whisperer

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#5 posted 05-24-2014 01:06 PM

Terry, glad you saw this and thank you for taking the time to post my friend! You are right about the West Epoxy, and that’s exactly why I chose it. I used the regular resin with the 207 hardener. Thank you for the praise, and chat soon.

Joe

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#6 posted 05-24-2014 03:07 PM

I always knew worms were valuable. See they made you project look like a million bucks! Simple is best for wood this beautiful. Nice work!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Manitario

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#7 posted 05-24-2014 03:27 PM

wow, crazy looking top! Love the finish, it is certainly a unique table. I’m not sure though if the base does it justice; it is well built, but the squareness of it, and the closeness of the base to the edge of the top takes away from it a bit. Just one guy’s opinion!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#8 posted 05-24-2014 03:57 PM

I love stuff like this! I can picture it in a beautiful log cabin.

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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#9 posted 05-24-2014 04:05 PM

beautiful piece, love the wood, that is how i love to see these natural pieces displayed…you did a great job.

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

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The Box Whisperer

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#10 posted 05-24-2014 06:15 PM

Thanks everyone!

Manitario, I have had that same conversation with a few people that see it your way. In the end, my GF and I decided we liked this look best. With the walnut we were going for the “old railway tie cleaned up” look. I do think it would have also looked good slightly more recessed, as well as to have possibly followed the natural flow of the wood more. Tapered legs would have been nice too. In the end, we decided that something simple would not take away from the top. Again thanks for the comments!

PS Manitario, nice sig!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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Manitario

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#11 posted 05-24-2014 07:00 PM

thanks! I always hesitate before I write anything besides “great work” but I’ve seen your other work, which is fantastic so I thought I could give my 2 cents. Style decisions are personal, ultimately if you’re happy with what you built, then that is all that matters. It looks fantastic, either way.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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The Box Whisperer

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#12 posted 05-24-2014 07:08 PM

Manitario my table would nicely accompany your walnut/spalted maple cabinet you posted 18 days ago. Now THAT is a piece of art. A compliment from you is well received my friend!

Anyone who likes my table should go drool at this cabinet, its right here,

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/100873

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#13 posted 05-24-2014 07:13 PM

Man that is beautiful! You really have the artisan thing down. Very very nice, great job, great design, great choice of materials, it is just stunning.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Manitario

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#14 posted 05-24-2014 09:35 PM

lol man, you’re too kind!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#15 posted 05-24-2014 11:17 PM

The grain and color of this piece are so perfect, great piece

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

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