Limestone topped outdoor table

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Project by Dan Lyke posted 07-14-2010 02:28 AM 2745 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Following some previous project, I had taken a block of limestone that we’d acquired somewhere, combined it
with some cheap fir, and turned it into a basic table.

But it was always intended to be temporary, I was rather surprised that it lasted two years, so when it started to fall apart recently while my parents were visiting I took this as a cue to do a project with my dad and we started making sawdust.

Used some hardwood from the scrap bin at Atessco, I’m actually not sure what it is: It’s too dark colored to be teak, although it does develop that sandy surface feel, dense and heavy, but with very distinct grain, deep pores and lots of tiny splinters, unlike Ipé.

I used the angle grinder with a sanding disk technique from Andy's "Art Box" Tutorial #10, generated a hell of a lot of sawdust (use a respirator, filtered goggles, and solid hearing protection; trust me on this), and stopped when I realized that this was an outdoor project and I didn’t have to take out absolutely all the tooling marks, nor was pore filling and sanding to a fine polish likely to get me

Finished it with Penofin.

Still need to put something on to seal the limestone and cover up that blotch (that’s probably wax or a similar thing that seeped in).

Thanks again to Andy for his "Art Box" Tutorial, this angle grinder carving is fun!

(Or, when my Facebook status read “New favorite woodworking tool: Angle grinder w/36 grit sanding disk. Slightly scary, aggressive as hell, creates really cool curves!”, a friend commented “Slightly scary, aggressive as hell, cool curves? Sounds like my dream woman!”)

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#1 posted 07-14-2010 04:36 AM

That’s really cool, Dan. The shape of the legs reminds me of a horse’s legs, rippling with muscles and tendons.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 07-14-2010 05:13 AM

Very nice , love the way you shaped the wood into the stone, carving is very cool.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 07-14-2010 08:32 AM

I like the way you used the shape of the stone and didn’t square it up. I have used granite this way and have a few more big pieces waiting for inspiration to make a table. Nice job.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 07-14-2010 09:54 AM

Cool table, Dan. Hope to see it in the Summer Awards

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#5 posted 07-14-2010 10:38 AM

Great table and I like the shape of it!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 07-14-2010 06:38 PM

Thanks, all!

I’m not sure it’s a “Summer Awards” worthy entry, but it was a great learning experience and I hope others will stumble across the shaping techniques ‘cause I think those shapes are really cool and would love to see others expand on them. And following on Charlie’s observation: Yeah, when I next do something like this I’m going to spend some time studying an anatomy book and planning out my curves and cuts a little better, that “sinewy” feel is really cool.

Speaking of “others expand on them”, I just realized that a Dremel-like tool with the sanding tubes would be great for taking out the tooling marks on the steeper edge of those gouges… Maybe if I get bored with this one, or decide to do another, I’ll plan on spending a lot of time cleaning that up.

For now, though, I need to get back to my kitchen cabinet doors…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 04:53 AM

this is super great! love the styling!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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