Oak Slab countertop with cutting board

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Project by KWDRIVER posted 01-01-2016 09:05 PM 1406 views 10 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, haven’t had time to post any new projects due to work commitments and other life adventures but here is the latest that I completed. It originally started as a oak tree that fell in my neighbors yard which I milled up and basically sat there waiting for some inspiration. Well fast forward a year or so and my wife asked me to do something different for her kitchen so I figured why not those slabs that have been laying around, while I love granite and the detail it can have, It can never compete with the warmth wood has. The challenges I faced with this project was how to allow for expansion while also doing something different with the piece. The breadboard ends and the bowties are pieces of crabapple I had left over from a prior project and the cutting board at the end is maple and crabapple( cutting board is removable for refinishing). The middle is filled with river rock and the finish is multiple coats of epoxy. I have had movement up to a 1/16th of an inch at the breadboard ends and the epoxy has held up wonderful. I also filled the middle with glow in the dark powder which gives it a cool river look at night. Hope everyone enjoys and Ill try to post more projects from now on. Happy New Year!!

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#1 posted 01-01-2016 09:11 PM

This is a one-of-a-kind work of art. I love this. It’s very inspirational and just makes me want to be even MORE creative on my next project.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 01-01-2016 10:04 PM

Way cool – that glow in the dark will surely invite a beer or two ( or a glass of wine )

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#3 posted 01-02-2016 12:31 PM

Wow! Standby for compliments on this project. Beautiful simply does not capture the view. Unique comes to mind. Your efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank you for sharing this display with us.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 01-02-2016 03:54 PM

Very cool design! Congrats on a great build!

-- Jeff

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#5 posted 01-02-2016 04:31 PM

Thanks everyone, Its great to get your support and I love the inspiration and ideas that I find on the site.

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#6 posted 01-02-2016 04:56 PM

Man did this turn out nice! Adding to faves. Is there no lighting underneath the epoxy? Glow in the dark only?

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#7 posted 01-02-2016 07:23 PM

This is a real nice piece of work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-02-2016 11:54 PM

Randy, its just glow in the dark. In hindsight some LED’s on the bottom would of looked nice. Maybe the next project. Thanks again for the comments guys.

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#9 posted 01-03-2016 01:01 AM

You didn’t tell us if your wife was happy with it?

Kidding…That MAKES the home! Great work!

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#10 posted 01-03-2016 06:37 AM

Love it!!!! not much more to say, this is just to wicked for my words to properly capture…
Great work!!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#11 posted 01-05-2016 08:11 PM

Wow! That glow in the dark is Awesome. Great job!

-- Jim, Indiana

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