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Project by crossfacecraddle posted 09-18-2014 02:28 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across a large mulberry tree that was down in a persons yard. The owner said I could take what I wanted as long as I cleaned up the area a little bit. This piece came from the bottom of the main trunk and it immediately caught my eye as having a lot of character. I let this slab dry in my shop for about a year and half and it was hard to wait at times to start working it.

The base I made out of some doug fir 4×4’s, believe it or not the color I stained the base was a close match to the top when I completed it. For me trying to come up with a workable base that is good looking that doesn’t take away from the top is my biggest weakness, I am not that creative. Things I learned about mulberry, it darkens over time, I personally like it, it has a lot of character, it sits beside me next to my chair in the tv room so I can enjoy it daily and that mulberry is “friggin” hard! A little research revealed that mulberry is in the same family as osage orange, no wonder it’s hard, duh.

I put several coats of danish oil finish on and let it cure for a couple weeks, then I put several coats of lacquer on it and buffed it out to it’s final sheen.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John





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Clint Searl

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 06:41 PM

Stunning! Did you cut another slab for me? I love mulberry.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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Surfside

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 09:44 PM

That turned out really well! Great build, well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 09-19-2014 12:25 AM

Turned out super! I too love mulberry. Quarter sawn mulberry is unbelievably beautiful!

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

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#4 posted 09-19-2014 03:27 AM

Very nice! Love the graining in the Mulberry. What was your flattening process?

-- Jeff

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crossfacecraddle

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#5 posted 09-19-2014 11:44 AM

Thank you all for your positive comments. Jeff, I started the flattening and smoothing process as soon as I got it home while it was green. I used a #5 plane I converted into a scrub plane and then a # 4 smoother to take out most of the ridges, then I let it sit in my shop for about a year and half. I used a hand plane to take off the really high spots after it had thoroughly dried then I used a 4×24 belt sander and a random orbital sander, starting with 36 grit moving through the grits till I got to 220. It took awhile but I was happy with the results. Thanks for asking.
John

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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