|Project by woodsman||posted 05-17-2016 09:20 PM||546 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
I purchased this elm Burl around 10 years ago and it has been in the wood shop for all of that time. Every time I ran across it I would get new ideas of what to build a base out of. I must have come up with 30 or so ideas but I did not love any (just a simple like.) My wife purchased for me a new Miller welder this past Chritmas and we were walking through the metal recycling yard here in Cedar City Utah. I looked in an old 55 gallon drum and saw a weird bent metal sticking out of the top. When I dug through the drum I found two more identical to the first. I knew this is what I had been looking for a decade now. The legs are some kind of track made out of heavy cast iron. I purchased all three. I took them home and welded them together. Getting a good solid weld on cast iron is tough but I Grew up under the tutelage of a great pipe-fitter/welder (My Grandfather Oscar Zylks) I sanded the Elm Bulr smooth with 120grit. Wet it and scraped the wood tags off. Went to 150, and finally 220. I did a home recipe for stain (Dye was involved.) I then put on seven coats of hand poly (0000 steel wool between each coat.) I was going to sale this item but was overruled, so far.