Walnut slab

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Project by drewm873 posted 73 days ago 975 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently purchased an 11ft black walnut flitch slab for my fireplace mantel (will post at a later date) and had to cut it down a bit. So I had a ~34” piece left over and decided to start working on it to eventually turn it into some kind of little table. I never cut butterfly/bow ties before but figured I had nothing to lose trying it out so I took out the chisel and went to town. I made some templates, traced, and cut about an 1” or so deep and glued into place. They’re not perfect but I’ll take it for a first attempt at hand cutting.

I then filled all the bug/worm holes, and the rest of the crack, with West System Epoxy (filled in layers). I sanded the heck out of the piece with 60, 120, 220 and 320 grit and ended up with a nice smooth finish. Once complete I applied about 5 coats of Waterlox Original Sealer and now I have a finished product. Now to figure out what kind of legs to put on it.

Comments and critiques always welcome. =)

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#1 posted 73 days ago

Really nice work Drew. There’s nothing like a slow, meticulous hand working of a really good looking piece of wood. It just makes it that much better looking. Good job!!

-- Measure it with a micrometer - Mark it with a piece of chalk - Cut it with an Axe

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#2 posted 73 days ago

Beautiful wood. Great finish on it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 73 days ago

Very nice

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 72 days ago

Beautiful slab, man!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 72 days ago

Great job on making this slab special! Love the bowties!

I think the angled legs with small shelf ( like on my last project ) would look great with this slab.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 72 days ago

Thanks everyone. :)

Gfadvm..I’ll check out your project to see that. Once I finish this fireplace I’m redoing ill work on some legs for this table.

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#7 posted 71 days ago

beautiful slab. Great job on the bowties and finish

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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