Monkey Pod Stump End Table

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Project by Vic Vanderkooi posted 12-31-2015 03:42 PM 1195 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this stump on the side of the road in Hawaii. Someone had dumped it on the side of Kappa Quarry Road.
It’s a funny story of how I got it. I pulled over to pick it up and I was there alone trying to move this 250lbs monster into the back of my suburban when out of nowhere a man wearing daisy dukes and flip flops shows up to give me a hand. It kind of freaked me out. I guess he was living in the woods there and saw me struggling. The painted toenails were the most interesting part I think. We got it into the truck and he walked back across the street and back into the woods.

Anyway, Once I got it home I cleaned it up and stripped off the bark and used my Arbortech PowerPlane on my angle grinder to level the interior surface of the top. I left a 2” ledge that was the original level around the outside.
I lightly sanded the outside and then sealed it with poly. Lots and lots of poly. The end-grain just kept drinking it.
Thanks for looking.

-- Vic (The Silent Woodworker)

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 03:52 PM

Great eye and a great job !

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 04:24 PM

Pretty piece…......the top is exceptional.
Not sure if it is temporary or permanent but I can’t say that I like the wheel thing on the bottom but to each his own and I can understand that it is very heavy.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 12-31-2015 04:27 PM

you lucky dog you rock the hawaiian woods keep em coming gorgeous wood and craftsmanship

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 01-01-2016 08:50 PM

gorgeous piece! No shortage of hippies in the jungle here on the Big Island too.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#5 posted 01-05-2016 08:35 AM

Very nice. I love working with Monkey Pod…got a big slab given to me the other day.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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