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Project by john2005 posted 04-30-2016 05:32 PM 1395 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece that was built for a friend. They had wanted to replace their old damaged top with something more attractive. She wanted 2” thick walnut and in wide boards. Luckily I had found a bunch of boards at an auction 8-10 months ago. All 8/4 boards 9-11” wide. That worked great. I did cut out some knots and checks in the ends to maintain stability in the boards. The cutting board and trim was from some shorts I picked up at the yard on sale. The finish is Waterlox. I fought that a lot. I found if I applied it heavy like they want, I got beautiful results, but tons of micro-bubbles. So after a lot of calls to their tech dept and trying every applicator under the sun, I ended up wiping it on in thin coats, occasionally wet-sanding with 1000 to 1500 in between to remove lint. That seemed to work well. Was a major learning curve there. I loved the look and the durability of the waterlox, but not the application. I would probably still use it again believe it or not.

Before pics

Glue up

Original boards

Test fit

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.





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#1 posted 04-30-2016 06:03 PM

Beautiful work John.

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#2 posted 04-30-2016 06:10 PM

Thank you sir!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#3 posted 04-30-2016 08:19 PM

Very nice work John, love the walnut.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#4 posted 04-30-2016 08:26 PM

This piece is so nicely done and well presented.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 04-30-2016 08:54 PM

You made one hell of a job of that John. Congrats.

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#6 posted 04-30-2016 09:14 PM

Just beautiful

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#7 posted 04-30-2016 11:07 PM

Very nice love walnut…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 05-01-2016 02:52 AM

Thanks all!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#9 posted 05-01-2016 09:13 AM

Very nice of you to show us whole process. Realy colour match.

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#10 posted 05-01-2016 02:24 PM

looks great

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