Tiki Table

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Project by Steve Griffin posted 06-17-2009 07:50 PM 2101 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently had a chance to go to Costa Rica for a couple weeks. I stayed out on a farm where they have an abundance of “junk wood” laying around. As a wood worker I was like a kid in a candy store, because most of this was exotic hardwood. They use Palon as fence posts! The thing that started this whole project was the table top. I found what I was told was a cross section of Cascarilla laying in the middle of this pile of scraps. Like most cross sectional pieces of wood this had a crack running to the heart. I recently saw a guy here on LJ’s who did “X” inlays, which inspired me to do one on this crack to prevent further separation. I found a short piece of teak laying in the driveway that I used for the base post. All the reddish colored wood is Palone(sp?).

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR

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#1 posted 06-17-2009 07:58 PM

Have you ever tried one or Norm’s dutchman inlays for cracks in wood they look great like a butterfly or bowtie inlay which binds the wood together and is extremely impressive?Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 06-17-2009 08:45 PM

Kind cool, almost looks like a treasure island table, complete with the X marking the spot… And it has recieve feline approval, can’t ask for more, nice job.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 06-18-2009 01:05 AM

Very well done. I also like the design.

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#4 posted 06-18-2009 02:44 AM

That’s a really cool table. How much of the top’s shape was you, and how much was already there? From the rings, it looks like all nature, but not sure.

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think.

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#5 posted 06-18-2009 02:54 AM

cool table neat design and great fix

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 06-18-2009 08:57 PM

The table top was all nature. I just belt sanded it flat. It’s amazing to me how these trees grow.

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR

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#7 posted 06-18-2009 08:58 PM

I have done a “bowtie” inlay on a walnut bench that is still in progress. I thought I would try something new this time.

-- Steve, Beaverton, OR

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#8 posted 07-22-2009 01:42 AM

The natural design of the top is great. People sure cannot compete with the designs of nature.

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