|Project by Keithers||posted 03-04-2015 03:14 AM||3036 views||7 times favorited||9 comments|
A friend of mine who cuts down trees for a living asked me if I wanted a slice cut from an oak tree. The thing is 36” in diameter. I could barely lift it. Finished it’s 3 1/2” thick. I used 1” galvanized pipe for the base. Assembled it is about 24” tall and serves as an end table.
I’ve never worked with air dried wood before, and it was crazy how much this thing moved from day to day. The cracks are still growing. I probably should have waited longer for it to dry, having only got the piece in August. The bow tie keys were essential. They are walnut. Also the surfacing jig worked great. I picked up a 1-1\4” straight cutting bit from Lee Valley that did the trick. Two heavy coats of lacquer sprayed each side gives it very nice smooth finish.
This was an incredibly fun project to make, as well as a huge learning experience. Happy it’s home. The piece turned many heads while at the shop in the process of building it. I am very pleased at how the whole project turned out, having most of the processes new to me. I learned many new skills and honed some old ones. I do love a good challenge.
-- Wishin` I was fishin`!