|Project by drewm873||posted 06-20-2014 02:39 PM||1487 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
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. =)
Edited….final pictures of the slab/table. Since I didn’t want to purchase more walnut, I kept the legs fairly simple in design. I’m just a little mad at myself for messing up where the legs meet the top. I had some slight spaces in there so I mixed some walnut sawdust and glue to put in there, not thinking about how it was going to go into the pours of the wood like it did. Ooops. Another woodworking lesson learned. -)