|Project by bobkberg||posted 12-29-2009 07:08 AM||7374 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
Some years ago, my wife and I were going through an “open studio” tour in our area. One artist had done the floor of her studio in OSB and had it semi-finished. That way, she had the warmth of wood, but didn’t have to worry if she accidentally spilled paint or something on it. It was beautiful!
So I started playing with OSB – sanding it, filling it, planing it, varnishing it, etc. and found that you can get some very nice depth to the finish by treating it right.
Since the edges are the least pretty aspect of OSB, I trimmed those with thin veneers cut from 2X4’s, and then putty, sand and varnish the whole thing.
The original purpose of this table-top was to show that you could build a table with an 8 foot diameter (4’ radius) out of sections that could go through my 1-foot-wide Delta thickness planer. A little math shows that you would need 16 such pieces. So I made an experimental one 2 feet across roughly, and my wife asked me to turn it into a real table – There has been no stopping me.
On top of it – since most 2X4’s are new growth lumber, and OSB is essentially scrap material, it’s environmentally responsible, and reasonably priced – especially good for projects that are going to be subjected to the tender mercies of kids.
-- Bob www.singularengineering.com - A sideline, not how I earn a living