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Project by Andy Brownell posted 09-28-2010 11:38 PM 1933 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project in and of itself!

Purchased 175 bd/ft of figured makore recently including one slab that was 2” thick x 36” wide x 17’6” long. Zero knots, natural edge with some amazing texture. I had the boards cut and milled on location (in Cincinnati) and then joined two pieces (book match-style) for a desk top that is 42” wide x 6’ long.

I had to essentially finish the top before moving on to anything else, as it took up my entire workshop space that my table saw occupies. Lots of sanding (with dust ventilator) and filing by hand of the natural inclusions on the sapwood got me to a finish that included 6 coats of wipe on poly with 1500 grit and naptha between coats.

It weighs well over 100 pounds. I’ll post the completed base design next with the whole thing together in a couple of months.

If there is anyone coming to Cincinnati over October 1-2 for the Woodworking in America Conference (N. Kentucky), I can get you the information where I purchased this wood at an absurdly low price. You can basically go through a warehouse and pick out what you want. This is only a portion of an entire 18’ boule log that is available and it is some of the best figure and chatoyance I have ever seen.

-- Andy Brownell

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#1 posted 09-28-2010 11:53 PM

That edge is really cool. That will be an awesome desk.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 01:44 AM

Wow, very nice!!! I wished i lived closer!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 02:18 AM

Wonderful looking wood, great job.

Please pm me the information on your wood source as I live withing driving distance to the area.


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#4 posted 09-29-2010 03:37 AM

Cool wood and super finish

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 05:18 AM


That is really some fabulous wood. Can’t wait to see the finished desk. Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 06:22 AM

That’s looking beautiful, I really like how you preserved the natural edge and the sapwood contrast. Have fun at the WIA conference, I went to the one in Valley Forge last Fall and had a great time.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 09-29-2010 01:27 PM

Andy, this is a wonderful looking top that you have built for the desk. I could not imagine working with a slab this size (100+ board feet). I would be hard pressed just to get it in my shop, let alone try to mill it.

I am looking forward to seeing pictures of the desk when you have it completed.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 11:04 PM

Beautiful wood! I would love to get some for my work!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 11-29-2010 02:58 PM


I can give you the guy I bought it from if you want. He has two large boules, 10,000 bd ft probably.

-- Andy Brownell

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#10 posted 10-27-2011 01:02 AM

That is a great looking desk top, I would love to get some of that wood for my next project.Is it still available?

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#11 posted 10-27-2011 02:56 AM

Philip, yes, the wood is still available. Some large slabs too. One is 17’ long 2” thick and 32” wide.
If you are interested, email me at:

-- Andy Brownell

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