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Island Top from Wide Pine Slab

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Project by mantelguy posted 04-08-2010 04:24 PM 1936 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finally installed this Island top I made from a beautiful pine slab. The island top is 79” long and 49” wide made from two pieces joined together. The two halves came from the same slab shown in picture #3. The top has seven coats of tung oil. This was a perfect match for this home, notice the custom made light fixtures.
Thanks for looking.





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Chase

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#1 posted 04-08-2010 04:33 PM

That looks awesome! And that is a serious circular saw.

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mantelguy

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#2 posted 04-08-2010 04:49 PM

I love that saw, I was scared to death by it the first time I used it. I had it kick-back on me once and had to go to the E.R. and get my lip glued back together.

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Abbott

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#3 posted 04-08-2010 04:52 PM

That pine looks great (so do those light fixtures) but how will it wear?

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#4 posted 04-08-2010 05:38 PM

Beautiful piece. Pine is actually a truly beautiful wood…Most is just too soft for much though – I had the same initial question as Abbott – I hope that was a more durable species of pine then what we get here on the West Coast – otherwise I would recommend several coats of poly or other protectant.

Is that a 12” blade on that saw? I bet it can bind and kick back like a mule….(as born out by your experience).

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#5 posted 04-08-2010 05:46 PM

Looks like a 16” “beam saw”. I’ve used one a lot and yeah, you really have to set your footing to be safe. I love that last pic, looks like 100 years old.

The top is awesome…Too bad they couldn’t get rid of that post.

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#6 posted 04-09-2010 03:44 AM

What a great country look. Beautiful.

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mantelguy

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#7 posted 04-09-2010 02:32 PM

Thank you all for the comments.
The species of the pine is Eastern White, I have had success in the past making slab harvest tables out of this material. You are all correct, it is very soft. I use several coats of wipe-on poly or tung oil to make it as durable as possible. I like to use wipe on because it doesn’t end up with a plastic look. I do warn my customers that it is not “hard” but the nice thing about using this type of finish is that it is repairable should the need arise, all I would have to do is sand the affected area and reapply the finish. I have been doing some reading about Waterlox and I think that is what I will use on the next one that I make. The saw is a 16” beam saw from Makita. Hold on tight!

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Abbott

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#8 posted 04-10-2010 05:53 AM

It’s certainly beautiful mantleguy. I’m glad you posted it, thanks.

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