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Buttnut slab with epoxy dye

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Project by drewm873 posted 01-31-2017 03:36 PM 2087 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another butternut slab bench I worked on. Originally I had put keys in it because of a couple cracks, then I was going to just fill a center “stream” with dyed epoxy. The more I tried to do, the more rot I found and then had to expand the pour and more. I poured way more epoxy (west system) than I ever wanted to on this one. The main concept here was to have a running “stream/river” through the wood but it turned into a lake and river. lol Oh well, mistakes were made but lots of lessons were learned. :)

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#1 posted 01-31-2017 04:47 PM

Awesome looking slab! Love the river/lake of blue and butterfly’s are so nice!

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

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#2 posted 01-31-2017 04:50 PM

Beautifuly done

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#3 posted 01-31-2017 05:00 PM

First let say I love Butternut and it is so hard to find. I had a Butternut tree and I planted literally thousands of Butternuts on my 30 acres as well as thousands of Walnut trees. All that said and I like what you did. Never dull my friend. I need to find some new source of Butternut as I have moved down south.

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#4 posted 01-31-2017 05:13 PM

beautiful i love butternut

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#5 posted 01-31-2017 05:15 PM

That’s very pretty. You might want to fix the typo in your title. It doesn’t sound pretty.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 01-31-2017 05:25 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words.

The butternut I got as a part of a large pile of rough sawn lumber I bought. Most of the butter nut had ants in it previously and so there’s a lot of rot in it too. So I make it work. ;)

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#7 posted 01-31-2017 06:48 PM

How did you attach the legs to the slab? The project turned out great despite the unexpected work involved.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 01-31-2017 06:54 PM



How did you attach the legs to the slab? The project turned out great despite the unexpected work involved.

- bigblockyeti

bigblockyeti, I put them in with a 3/4” deep mortise and lots of glue. :) It’s funny because that’s a question, joinery, I always wonder with other peoples projects but yet I didn’t post a picture or mention it. Oops.

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#9 posted 01-31-2017 08:05 PM

I asked because I have a cherry live edge bench top in the shop now and I’m debating on what to use for legs and how to attach them. I was thinking through mortise & wedged tenons but for this piece I’d rather not have the end grain poking through.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#10 posted 01-31-2017 08:35 PM

Great job, I love the combination of colors. (If anyone asks just say those keys are the boat docks in the lake.)

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 01-31-2017 08:36 PM



I asked because I have a cherry live edge bench top in the shop now and I m debating on what to use for legs and how to attach them. I was thinking through mortise & wedged tenons but for this piece I d rather not have the end grain poking through.

- bigblockyeti


Look at my other butternut slab I did. I just did walnut inlays instead of through tenons.

-- Http://facebook.com/woodworkingbydrew

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#12 posted 01-31-2017 10:34 PM

Very nice work, there are no mistakes, just design changes LOL…...................

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#13 posted 02-01-2017 12:41 AM

Looks great!

-- Earl in Maine

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#14 posted 02-01-2017 03:45 AM

Very nice. Love the blue color. What did you use to achieve the color?

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#15 posted 02-01-2017 03:56 AM



Very nice. Love the blue color. What did you use to achieve the color?

- oldwood


I used a powdered pigment made by Black Diamond Pigments, which I found on Amazon. Then I mixed a small amount (1/4 teaspoon maybe) in with my west system epoxy.

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