Rustic Log Spalted Pecan Table with Benches

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Project by SawDustnSplinters posted 01-26-2009 03:27 AM 6348 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rustic log / lodge style dining table made with 4 bookmatched slabs of native Spalted Pecan I was saving for some special project. The Table is 6 foot long by 42 inches wide, 30 inches tall with a 2.5 inch drop edge. The legs are fashioned from native Juniper Ashe and hand mortised an inch deep into the underside of the table, glued Titebond II, backed up with Kreg 2.5 inch screws, and each leg has two diagonal braces for added strength. I made two 57 inch long benches that are 18 inches tall by 18 inches wide so they slide up in between the log legs. There were a few voids that I filled with clear epoxy and crushed turquoise and black tinted epoxy with crushed turquoise. I was kind of experimenting in general and also as to which way I liked better. I had the oppurtunity to take the table to a show in the Hill Country last weekend and it drew a lot of attention and I had a lot of good hits and comments and passed out almost all my cards :) After much debate and help from the LJ forums I went with a hand rubbed tung oil w other oils finish which built up too a good durable finish. I could not bring myself to use Poly on this wood… The lighting is not real good in my backwoods shop but the last picture shows the grain better. The two inner slabs are bookmatched to each other and then the two outer slabs the same. The chairs are kind of oddballs, the shorter log chair is Honey Mesquite which matches the heartwood . The taller Captains chair has 100 year old slightly reddish tinged barnwood planks in the seat which also match up. My next project will be different chairs :) Thanx..

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#1 posted 01-26-2009 03:33 AM

thats really cool..

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#2 posted 01-26-2009 03:52 AM

Very Nice!!!!!

-- Ted, TX or PA

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#3 posted 01-26-2009 05:26 AM

It could have been just a table…instead the choice of wood makes it the result of artistic selectivity. Nicely accomplished.

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#4 posted 01-26-2009 10:11 AM

That looks great. I used crushed turquoise in voids in mesquite that looks nice too. The rock shop I bought the turquoise from showed me crushed iron pyrite (fools gold), which would look good too in darker woods.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#5 posted 02-02-2009 01:52 AM

Very nice work, you have some beautiful wood in the big state.

-- Dave, Ohio,

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