Zen Garden

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Project by Ronald Coone posted 06-01-2011 08:00 AM 1703 views 6 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,

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Jack Barnhill

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 08:11 AM

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

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 11:41 AM

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

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 09:52 PM

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,

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#4 posted 06-02-2011 01:58 PM

Thanks for the description!

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