|Project by savannah505||posted 02-18-2009 08:09 PM||7803 views||5 times favorited||32 comments|
My most recent piece that I just finished. Walnut frame with Persian onyx top and inlays. The disk inlays are 6.5 in. dia. There is a 6 in dia. round walnut tube that connects the 2 sides together. The tube consists of 7 3/4in. 6in. dia. plywood disks wrapped in 1/8th in. walnut veneer ply. that I sanded down to 1/16th in. thick. to wrap around easier. I made my own ratchet strap system, that creates a zero dead zone, so that pressure is created all the way around. Most strap clamps that I’ve seen, all have a dead zone that has no pressure against the work piece (where the ratchet is or the hooks that join the straps together. I will be featuring this soon, as I am getting a lot of interest in this new tool, and have applied for the patent on it. Rj and Dennis Zongker, and Lee Jesperberger have all seen this tool, and their words of praise for it and encouragment lead me to believe that this will be wanted in the market place. Back to the table now. The top and inlays are Persian onyx from Pakistan, the disks are 3/8 thick which I sliced on a diamond saw from the material the top came from. I stood them on edge and clamped them to a fence and cut them with a diamond saw. The saw I used is a $70,000 saw, with an 18in. dia. blade, so don’t think you can do this on a tile saw, it would be very difficult, and onyx is very difficult to work with. The walnut frame is made from scrap oldgrowth walnut I had laying around, I wish I had bigger pieces, and some seams are showing, but the wood was beautiful and I thought I’d give it a go. I really like how the base turned out, but wish now, that I had made the top about 6in. longer. I’d like to do another one of these, maybe with a different stone. Finished in 6 coats of Deft laquer. I would like to add that it was one of Rj’s tables that inspired me to come up with this design. Thanks Ron.
-- Dan Wiggins