Splated hickory and walnut table/desk/ work surface

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Project by joey502 posted 07-19-2016 02:30 AM 1272 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been moving some things around in the shop in an attempt to more efficiently use space. I removed the base cabinets along this wall of my shop. There were 2- 54” bases with a gap in between were 1 of my miter saws sat. I never used the saw and the counter top was always covered in junk that was in my way somewhere else. I decided the best use for that wall would be as a permanent home for my bandsaw, router table and a new work surface.

The top is laminated walnut, finished size is 23.5×48” x 2” thick. finished with BLO and topped with oil based poly thinned 50/50.

The base was made from a log (I think hickory) I dug out of the weeds in front of my parents lake house a couple years ago. Our best guess is they were on the ground for a 2 years before a took them home. How ever long it was they laid out there they developed some nice spalting. When I got them home I cut them in half with a chainsaw and sprayed them with a home made concoction to kill fungus and bugs and dried them inside the garage.

I sliced one half of one log into veneers and the drawer fronts on my bandsaw (12” craftsman). I glued the veneers on the base parts made of laminated plywood. Finished with waterborne poly.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 04:30 AM

Surely you’re not going to bang on that pretty table top. :-)

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#2 posted 07-19-2016 10:27 AM

one heck of a WORK ? table. nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-19-2016 11:46 AM

Very, nice. All need now is a temporary cover so you can work on it and not scratch that wonderful top.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 07-19-2016 09:19 PM

This is a great work top.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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