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Project by Mauricio posted 08-06-2014 04:36 PM 1130 views 4 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been sitting in my shop for a couple of months and I finally got the top polished, so now it’s done!

This was a collaboration with my friend and neighbor Kevin who has a good source for marble and other stones.

The top is brown Dark Emperador Marble. The base is made pretty beefy to hold up the weight of the top. Base is made of Maple, mortis and tenoned, finished with Transtint Dye (Dark Mission Brown) and wipe on poly. This is followed by a rub down with dark wax.

I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. I think the base color goes well with the color of the top.

I learned how to attach the top here on LJ. I basically just used glue blocks that keep the top in place while still allowing you to remove the top for transport.

Questions and/or comments are welcome.

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch





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#1 posted 08-06-2014 05:19 PM

Nice Mauricio! I have Emperador Light 18”x48” panels for my kitchen and dining room floors. I think the Dark Emperador goes really well with the base on your table. What are the dimensions?

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 05:21 PM

Beautiful.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 05:34 PM

Thanks guys!

Paul, it is 16”x55” if I’m not mistaken. I just googled the Light, beautiful stuff!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 06:44 PM

Very nice looking and practical table. Well done! Did you polish it yourself?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 07:32 PM

Thanks Ron, I kind of did. It came polished already but I had to seal it. First I used the wrong stuff then and to strip that off, after that I buffed it a little more with an automotive buffer before sealing it again with the right product.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 08:33 PM

That’s a great looking table. Well done!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#7 posted 08-06-2014 10:01 PM

Is that a family portrait?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 12:26 AM

Really beautiful work sir. Family heirloom for sure.

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

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 03:23 AM

Nice job brotha. Miss having your around on the forums, but good to see your still in the shop.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#10 posted 08-07-2014 11:17 AM

Nice Maur! The dye color is perfect.

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#11 posted 08-07-2014 03:09 PM

Thanks for the great comments everyone!

Scott, no thats a wedding picture, intentionally obscured. My wife is wired about that kind of stuff.

Red, yeah, I’m still in there, doing a lot of woodworking. I scan the forums occasionaly, They all just move so fast these days that its hard to keep up. If I read something I want to comment on its already 300 posts back. LOL

Thanks again everyone!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 08-08-2014 02:53 PM

Maur – Wonderful project, with great timing.

I have a piece of old marble that is not cleaned or polished… Can you recommend a process and product that’ll get it suitable for re-use? I know nothing of marble finishing. The piece was cut-to-fit this week, before that was in a barn for probably 50 years. Not very nice, but that’s the stuff I typically press into service, right?

Thanks.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 08-08-2014 03:09 PM

Thanks Smitty. – the good news is that Marble is soft and can be worked with regular sand paper.

I’m not expert however. What I did was ruin the polish with 600 grit trying to get the wrong sealant off. I figured out I could have just scraped it off with a razor :-(. So to fix it I then I hit it with 1500 which helped some. I used a palm sander lubed with Mineral Spirits. It was better but not perfect

My buddy brought over an automotive buffer with buffing compound which helped a lot. I then cleaned it with Marble polish and I think it looks ok now.

I would try something like that first. From reading online it seems that the pros use these diamond polishing pads that can be had off of ebay for a reasonable price.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Diamond-Polishing-Pads-4-inch-Wet-Dry-15-Piece-Set-Granite-Stone-Concrete-Marble-/301199535494?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4620e42d86

Hope that helps give you a start, unfortunately I don’t have a lot of expertise in this area.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#14 posted 08-08-2014 03:43 PM

That’s excellent stuff, Maur, that more than quadruples the information I had.

Any suggestions to cut a simple ogee on the edge of ‘soft’ marble?

EDIT: These are expensive… only want two cuts made.

http://www.mrstone.com/router-bits.html

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#15 posted 08-08-2014 03:46 PM

Glad to help! I dont think you can cut a profile on it without some kind of “wet router”.

How about a “chiseled edge”? That might be something that can be pulled off by hand without specialized tools?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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