fly tying table and cabinet

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Project by threehands posted 09-24-2009 07:08 PM 13194 views 25 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is of a fly tying table just completed this month. It took awhile. The key features are of course the legs looking like a fly rod. I custom bent the metal hooks on the side for additional stability. The top cabinet is separate and lifts off the desk. The desk has a river which runs through it. I applied expoxy in layers to get the effect needed. No way to damage the top-even with a mallet. The drawer system is also felt lined. Woods used were spalted maple, cherry and walnut. All from trees I cut down, dried, milled and got splinters in my hands from. Now if only I could tie flies!!!!!!

-- Three Hands- It's better to burn out..than to fade away. Stonecutter, copper, Offical putzer, proprieter of not making a profit (non-profit) woodworking shop, and possibly mental wizard

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#1 posted 09-24-2009 07:10 PM

WOW! That is a wonderful desk.

-- Greg Leighty, Versailles, KY

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Michael Hacker

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#2 posted 09-24-2009 07:12 PM

Just amazing… i wish you could elaborate on the epoxy effect you got, any close up pictures?

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Daren Nelson

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#3 posted 09-24-2009 07:18 PM

DANG ! That’s a nice one.

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#4 posted 09-24-2009 07:33 PM

Beautiful workmanship. Thank you for sharing.

-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#5 posted 09-24-2009 08:04 PM

Thanks folks.
Mike, I will try and update asap.
Epoxy was done in layered effect. Filling the river which was almost 3/4” deep plus the top 1/4”.
Two part resin available from woodcraft supply. mix equal parts, pour it on- levels itself, sand, pour, sand, pour, add rocks and logs, pour somemore, etc.

-- Three Hands- It's better to burn out..than to fade away. Stonecutter, copper, Offical putzer, proprieter of not making a profit (non-profit) woodworking shop, and possibly mental wizard

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#6 posted 09-24-2009 08:05 PM


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-24-2009 08:33 PM

Fantastic tying station. I have always told my self I will build one of these one day. My fly fishing experience was taught to me by a guy in upstate New York and he was a master at tying flies. He would be very jealous!! Great job!!!

-- Derrek L.

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David Schmaus

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#8 posted 09-24-2009 08:35 PM

Wonderful. Inspires me.. Thanks for sharing

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#9 posted 09-24-2009 08:54 PM

The best fly tying table I have ever seen. I can hardly wait to see your other projects.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#10 posted 09-24-2009 09:38 PM

Very Very NICE!

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#11 posted 09-24-2009 09:39 PM

Love it. If you can tie flies like you work the wood you will not go hungry.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 09-24-2009 10:07 PM

Wow, I want one! Great design, looks fantastic.

-- Bob A in NJ

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Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 09-24-2009 10:18 PM

Great Job, Threehands!!! Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 09-24-2009 10:21 PM

Atta boy. I like this one a lot.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#15 posted 09-24-2009 10:23 PM

I tie flies and play with lumber and that, my friend, is the perfect blend of two amazing talents. What a great piece of work.

Might be a great useful touch to add very thin cork strips maybe inside the doors for hanging finished or almost finished (pre-epoxied) flies.

Really nice work here.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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