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Project by Ronald Coone posted 1155 days ago 1115 views 5 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The low profile design makes it a perfect center piece for any table. The Zen style gives life to open spaces and encourages a lack of clutter.

Made of solid maple, finished with an espresso stain and cleared in a satin polyurethane. 33 inches long, 12 inches wide with the center square 10 1/2 by 10 1/2 at 1/2 inch deep.

-- Ronald Coone, Florida, www.expressionwoodworks.net





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Jack Barnhill

366 posts in 1969 days


#1 posted 1155 days ago

Simple and yet appealing to the senses. I like it.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow -- www.BarnhillWoodworks.com

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mtkate

2049 posts in 1929 days


#2 posted 1155 days ago

Very clean. I know achieving this is a lot of work. What’s the actual layering process…. how much did you sand, etc etc?

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Ronald Coone

21 posts in 1946 days


#3 posted 1155 days ago

First I milled the main pieces, 3 of them to size 1/2 thick. The left and right sides are glued atop the center over laping 1 1/2 inch on each side. (Center was sanded to 220 first.)
Second, I milled and mitered the border and glued it in place.
Sanding this was easy. I installed the border 1/32 higher than the flat surface and sanded to match.
I used a spay stain. This helps hide any seams.
Then 4 coats water based clear, sanded 400 between coats.

TIP: To help make a surface seamless, the main concern can be the glue itself. After glueing and sanding to a smooth surface, let the project sit for 12 – 24 hours. Sand again by hand, lightly over the glue lines. Now its ready to fiinish

-- Ronald Coone, Florida, www.expressionwoodworks.net

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mtkate

2049 posts in 1929 days


#4 posted 1154 days ago

Thanks for the description!

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