Black Walnut and Aspen Burl End Table

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Project by SasquatchdeSangres posted 12-18-2016 06:18 PM 1579 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Walnut and Aspen Burl End Table

This project came about after finding the holy grail of black walnut stumps. There she lay, up on that old hill for years, waiting for the day to become something beautifully different.

I made cookies of various thickness and then flattened them out on my custom home made 5’x10’ planning mill. I then sanded the rough oval slab to 180.

Next, I ebonized the top with a custom ebony-coffee stain I whipped up. I sanded to a fine finish of 240 grit, and applied 40 coats of clear Shellac.

I then completed the lapidary inlay with USA made genuine turquoise. Lastly, I polished the top to a high luster and sheen.

The helical twisted natural half log Aspen legs got a sporadic coat of ebony stain, sanded, then varnished with a BLO/spar mix, thinned. I wanted to create a visually creative stripped look. Came out great.

The 7” thick top’s glued and dowleled with 3/4” oak dowels into the legs. It’s a very solid piece and has been air dried for years. 8%MC or less. The burl top is organic, and shines brilliantly under good lighting.

A real natural curved beauty, it was all pleasure to make this piece from the old bone pile.

Seth ‘Sasquatch’ Peters
Woodworker at Greenleaf Forest Products
Westcliffe, Colorado

-- SasquatchDeSangres

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#1 posted 12-18-2016 06:26 PM

This is a very nice rustic piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#2 posted 12-18-2016 06:53 PM

Awesome table! Nice job on the finish. I know it takes lots of coats on end grain, looks like all those coats did the trick!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 12-18-2016 07:52 PM

That one solid table. So much wood goes to waste that can be turned into beautiful pieces in the capable hands of wood workers. Thanks for bringing the neglected wood to life.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 12-18-2016 08:15 PM

Thank you guys for your wonderful compliments. I am quite pleased, it’s really about letting the wood do the talking!

-- SasquatchDeSangres

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 12:30 AM

Really a beautiful job on the top. I can’t see the turquoise very well. But I can see the fine finishing job you did.

-- Jeff NJ

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#6 posted 12-19-2016 04:08 PM

nice looking project

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#7 posted 12-19-2016 08:07 PM

great job sasquatch,i didnt really notice the turquoise either until going back for a second look,it makes for a nice enhancement.welcome to lumber jocks.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 12-21-2016 01:25 AM

Thanks all for the compliments. Maybe I should put more turqoiuse in the checking. Hard to see end grain burl without overhead lighting. All off grid here.

And a big big thank you to everyone at Greenleaf Forest Products for allowing me to help make this amazing table

-- SasquatchDeSangres

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