Table RePost The rest of the story... Something I learned

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Project by sirthinkalot posted 04-26-2017 12:46 PM 773 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a re-post so sorry in advance if that bugs anyone. Just thought I would pass along something I learned. That little slab was a small part of a 30’ x48” box elder slab that I got in the fall. It was covered with burls as you can see in pic 4. As it turned out there was only about a third of the wood that was usable because it was a few years along in the rotting process. So the outside 3 inch perimeter of this slab was good and hard put it was progressively softer toward the middle to the point where you could easily stick your finger nail in the wood. I poured tung-oil on the soft spots of the slab (it soaked in within a second) and immediately turned it upside down so the oil would migrate to the surface. I left it upside down for a couple of days to dry. I did this 3 more times and then on the 4th application I sanded the wet tung-oil to make a slurry that I used to fill the small voids that were in the softer sections. If you look close in pic 3 you can see the little filled areas.
After this process I applied 3 coats of tung-oil to the surface, that was now uniformly hard , and lightly sanded between each coat. Originally I didn’t expect to be able to salvage this slab and, although its not perfect, I think it turned out pretty good and my mom was happy with it. Anyway I thought some of you might be interested in the process. And as Paul Harvey used to say … “now you know the rest of the story”

Take care guys

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 01:11 PM

Slab tables like this are beautiful and you did a great job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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