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I saw the Waste Knot Want Knot challenge over at Fine Woodworking and decided to throw this project into the mix.

This island counter top is made from original construction wall studs that were demo-ed for the kitchen remodel. The studs were cut into 1 1/2” thick end grain blocks, sorted to eliminate flaws (such as nail holes) and then glued up in a series of sections that became one large blank from which the final shape was cut. The finish is 3 coats of poly.

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PurpLev

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#1 posted 04-30-2009 06:57 AM

I bet those studs never thought they could look this good!

nice job.

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childress

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#2 posted 04-30-2009 07:07 AM

very cool!

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#3 posted 04-30-2009 08:54 AM

That is so cool and to think they were just hiding behind your walls :) It came out great.

-- Amanda

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#4 posted 04-30-2009 04:25 PM

I would never have thought construction lumber could look so good.
Very inspiring project.

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#5 posted 04-30-2009 04:50 PM

Great idea the counter top looks great. How long do you think it took you from start to finish?

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#6 posted 04-30-2009 05:02 PM

Wow that looks great and a lot cheaper than granite.

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jlsmith5963

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#7 posted 04-30-2009 06:20 PM

My best guess at the total number of hours in this project is… a lot. I don’t track hours for projects where I am the client ( its to painful to realize the total hours ). I setup a flat work surface were I could do the glue ups without infringing on the other work in the shop. The glue up was done over several months. I also built a few simple clamping/wedge jigs that limited the total amount of clamps needed in the glue ups.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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Matt

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#8 posted 04-30-2009 09:10 PM

That looks real good! Coulda tried to make a pattern from the grain but still that looks very nice!

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#9 posted 05-02-2009 07:34 PM

Wow what a big job I hope you have a drum sander. Looks great,

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#10 posted 05-02-2009 07:34 PM

Wow what a big job I hope you have a drum sander. Looks great,

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#11 posted 10-17-2009 06:32 PM

looks good … how’s it holding up ?

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