Lightning Strike Juniper Stump

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Project by junipercanyon posted 1131 days ago 1576 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an outdoor patio seat/table/something to look at. This piece was harvested from a juniper tree that had been struck by lightning who knows how many years ago and half the tree was killed. Its amazing how hard it is to kill a juniper tree, the new growth will just start to wrap around the parts that die. I sanded this down starting with a grinder with a 40grit flap wheel. I then used two orbital sanders (one in each hand) with 120grit and then 220grit. I finished with 320grit hand sanding, and then wet sanded on the first coat of tung oil with 600grit. I applied 3 coats of hand rubbed Tung Oil and a final coat of hand rubbed satin polycrylic. I wanted to put a few more on but I was out of time as this was a commissioned project that is a gift for fathers day. I wound up with about 14 total hours in the project.

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#1 posted 1131 days ago

So many different colors in one very unique project…the finish looks perfect as well : )

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#2 posted 1130 days ago

Love that juniper. Very nice application. Wow, the finish process! Where do you get your 40 grit flap wheel, if I might ask? I’ve used some real cheapo 60 grit wheels, but would like something a little more aggressive to do the rough sanding. Again, great project. Hope the client was happy – I know I would be.



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#3 posted 1130 days ago

Thank you. I get the flap wheels from Home Depot. It cost around $5 and lasted through 3 stumps…still has a bit of life left on it. Very nice for the rough shaping, it really makes a lot of dust in a hurry!!!

-- Juniper Canyon Design

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#4 posted 844 days ago

It is such a fabulous piece of work! If you are interested in selling this piece of art, please let me know!!

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