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Project by Ricksfaith posted 06-13-2011 02:48 AM 5998 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that I did for a friend of mine that he wanted in his new home. The bar top is quarter-sawn American red gum with a piano finish applied. The apoxy clear was finished and buffed to the glass like finish just like doing a custom paint job. I used to do paint & body & custom paint in my younger days and I guessed that the same finish could be applied to wood. It worked out beautifully. As you can see, I like working with red gum. You get this flame in the grain of older trees when they have matured to about 15” or more. Red gum has to be quarter-sawn to retian the stability, though. It was a favored furniture wood in the late 1800’s and into the first part of the 20th century by wood workers. It is a mediuim to hard density wood with a tight inter-woven grain. It sands and works well and takes just about any finish as long as it is a clear finish, but then again, who wants to stain a wood that has such a natural color.

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#1 posted 06-13-2011 04:00 AM

That’s beyond beautiful. I’m kind of new to the whole woodworking thing, so this may be a dumb question, but…. How do you do the edges like that?

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#2 posted 06-13-2011 04:45 AM

way beyond beautiful….Nice work and I love the corbels.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 06-13-2011 05:23 AM

That just awesome how did you sculpt/carve the edges?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#4 posted 06-13-2011 08:13 PM

Beautiful slab!

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#5 posted 06-22-2011 12:40 AM


-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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