walnut coffee table with dyed resin

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Project by Greg Sherman posted 12-05-2017 02:36 PM 1138 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Lumberjocks
This is a Walnut slab that has been in my yard for several years. This tree was originally in Danville and brought down several years ago and bandsaw milled by my friend Arron in San Ramon. If I had to guess this crazy pattern in the middle of the table was possibly a graphing procedure when the tree was a small sapling. Or a major injury many years ago. The table is a live edge Walnut slab that I router milled to the slab that you see in the pics below. I have always used an epoxy system to fill voids and cracks in the past but I recently visited an artist in Hawaii that used powdered dyes in his epoxy resins. So this is my first attempt at dyed resin. I went through the sanding progressions and applied several coats of Boiled Linseed Oil. Once that dried I applied several coats of wipe-on Poly U. I typically leave a mill mark or two in the projects – but no need in this project – there are so many crazy grain and figuring features in this slab.
Thanks for checking out the Crazy Grain Walnut Coffee Table.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#1 posted 12-05-2017 03:06 PM

very nice use of what some might call scrap or firewood, really like the dyed resin

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 12-05-2017 03:11 PM

This is such a beautiful table and the wood and finish is fantastic.

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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#3 posted 12-05-2017 03:11 PM

Very nicely done

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-05-2017 03:45 PM

This is lovely. What kind of dye did you use? I’d be interested in knowing the exact brand, if you don’t mind sharing.

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Greg Sherman

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#5 posted 12-05-2017 04:14 PM

Pearl Ex powdered pigments by Jacquard – lots of colors to choose from. I picked up the sample pack of 12.

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#6 posted 12-05-2017 05:32 PM

that slab is crazy did a great job on this,and yeah i love the colored epoxy too.ive used the powdered pigments making pen blanks,you can get some real nice effects.never really thought about incorporating into furniture though,maybe i need to?nice work.

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

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#7 posted 12-05-2017 08:33 PM

Stunning! A great looking project.

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#8 posted 12-05-2017 09:06 PM

1. Great effect on an equally crafted table, if only Walnut was as plentiful here (scrap or firewood indeed)
2. Looks like my type of coffee too!

Question: Did you go for a spin on your bike after a cup of Mountain Thunder coffee!

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 12-05-2017 10:38 PM

Very nice table, great job on the epoxy.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 12-06-2017 12:39 AM


Very stunning and sleek.


-- In his retort, the alchemist repeats the work of nature-----Jim Morrison

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#11 posted 12-06-2017 01:08 AM

Really nice slab and epoxy work…....
But…the legs suck! You could of done so much more than a couple of black cylinders…

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#12 posted 12-06-2017 02:50 AM

I could make the news today testing my 36 grit belt sander out on spamers

-- Regards Robert

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#13 posted 12-06-2017 02:51 AM

Really nice color matching the epoxy to the wood. I’ve used the pearl-x emerald green and like the way the colors play with the wood….. I’ve been too afraid to use a red pigment, but after seeing your results I have new-found bravery. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 12-07-2017 01:19 AM

Really Nice!

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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