|Project by Andy Brownell||posted 09-28-2010 11:38 PM||1989 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
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