The Spine of Wood

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Project by David McCoy posted 04-13-2011 02:58 AM 1797 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I found this walnut board in my dad’s wood pile. The grain of the crotch caught my eye. I cut it into a shape that I thought brought out the grain. Then I made it into a table and finished it with tung oil. I entered it in the first art show of the season in our area. Should hear soon if it was accepted.

-- Dave McCoy

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 03:10 AM

HA! Love the spine. It looks like a fossil.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 03:20 AM

Very nice. How tall is it. When I first saw the table before I read your post I thought it was a bench. Pictures can be very deceptive.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 03:42 AM

Perfect project to allow the beautiful grain to be seen and appreciated.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 04:19 AM

That’s more of a crotch… But that’s beautiful! Walnut crotches are something to be desired for….

-- Childress Woodworks

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 05:06 AM

Beautiful. You have a great eye to recognize a great piece of wood

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#6 posted 04-13-2011 05:22 AM

It’s a big crotch, or a long crotch, but we should not point out things like that. It is also the perfect use for a fine figured piece of wood. Thanks for sharing.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 04-13-2011 06:14 AM

That is a nice piece of walnut, The crotch? Is that what thats called? I’ve seen planks with some coloration like that, one of ‘em turned out to be from a bullet! Must have been in there 40 or 50 years, left a streak maybe 4 inches wide, 6 feet long! Anyway, nice work!

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#8 posted 04-13-2011 02:06 PM

The table is 18” tall, 39” long and 12” deep. It could be used as a bench. However, it would have to be reinforced under the top to support the weight of person and because of it being so narrow, it makes it top heavy, too. That’s why I didn’t make it taller.

Thanks for correcting me on the proper name of the grain.

-- Dave McCoy

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#9 posted 04-13-2011 10:20 PM

Beautiful table, gorgeous grain.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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