|Project by crossfacecraddle||posted 09-18-2014 02:28 PM||967 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
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