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Project by saw4fun posted 04-09-2016 07:38 PM 1241 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

13’4” long, 24” average width, and 2”thick. Book-matched set joined end to end with lots of biscuits, 1/2”thick
q-sawn ash bow-ties and counter top clamps routered into the bottom. I chiseled out the bark inclusion in the crotches and filled them back in with rocks to make it look like a little river bed flowing in from each end. Overall I wasn’t very happy with the finish,, but the customers were tickled so its all good.





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 04-09-2016 08:08 PM

That’s a beautiful top.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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farmerdude

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#2 posted 04-09-2016 10:52 PM

Now THAT, is a beautiful desktop. I really like the rock used as filler, great idea. I have to ask, it looks like Kennedy halves in the bow-ties. Customer request, or another cool idea like the rocks? Either way, I like it. Great job, thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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observer100

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#3 posted 04-09-2016 10:56 PM

I did not have any concept of the true size until I saw the last image. Wow!

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#4 posted 04-09-2016 11:44 PM

An Impressive build I must say, and I am off to find out just what counter top clamps are

-- Regards Robert

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robscastle

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#5 posted 04-09-2016 11:51 PM

I am back, OK sorted, they are actually Bench Top Clamps, correct? of curiosity is why they are visible through the bowties, and more questions are the bowties underneath or on the top surface of the slab?
I see there is no No 6 picture maybe you could add a technical construction close up please?

-- Regards Robert

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saw4fun

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#6 posted 04-10-2016 12:39 AM

Thanks guys!

farmerdude- Customer sent a bunch of $2bills and coins to use (Kennedy and Susan B. I believe), I liked the coins so did a heads tails in each bow-tie. The bills looked tacky so I didn’t use any of them.

robcastle- I don’t know the technical name for them but they are along the same lines as the dog-bone clamps that tie the mitered corners of counter-tops together. The bow-ties are one the top surface.

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robscastle

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#7 posted 04-10-2016 01:17 AM

OK so I am looking at a coin inlay not the end of a exposed clamp?

-- Regards Robert

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saw4fun

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#8 posted 04-10-2016 04:58 AM

robscastle- yes, those are coins. I think the technical name for the clamps I used is “tight joint fastener”.

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robscastle

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#9 posted 04-10-2016 05:40 AM

Thanks the clamps are no biggie …..it was just that I thought the clamps were poking through the bench top!
thats the result of poor eyesight for you, AKA Neil Beener II

Great work! it rocks !!

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 04-10-2016 01:02 PM

nice job

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#11 posted 04-10-2016 02:02 PM

Beautiful ,with creative joinery.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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leafherder

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#12 posted 04-10-2016 02:23 PM

Great job! The stones and coins are a nice touch. Hackberry is not the prettiest tree to look at but the wood is very attractive. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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farmerdude

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#13 posted 04-10-2016 07:22 PM

I know what you mean about the bills, not sure that would look too swell. Thanks for the response.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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robscastle

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#14 posted 04-11-2016 06:41 AM

Hey No 6 is there and reveals all,
The construction detail,
and exceptionally precise woodwork skills. Thank you!

-- Regards Robert

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#15 posted 04-12-2016 12:00 PM

Stunning!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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