Italian marble and Texas Ash

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Project by Manasseh posted 11-05-2011 07:33 PM 1239 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first commissioned piece made of Texas Ash. The Italian marble was brought over to me sfo that I could make legs for it for some bar stools with a kind of orangish stain. I was given artistic licensing on the piece and chose some Texas Ash I have been air drying after harvesting from an old cemetery that wanted the tree gone and may have ended up in the chipper. The apron is pecan (Texas state tree). Pecan is miter cut for the grain is matched for continuous wrap arround. Pecan, too, has been air dried from another tree I harvested, destined for the chipper. All Texas woods used because it added extra meaning to very proud Native Texas customer. Woods were also chosen for the grain that I must say Pops.
Customer is also a friend and very pleased.

Scale is 35 inches tall, marble is 34 inches in diameter., apron is 20inches each side.
The main cross supports are doweledin with walnut dowels. For the 1st time, I created the rabbit groves for the small slats to fit in using the jointer. I like this method more than using the table saw.

Finish is with my favorite tung oil (2 applications), using 220 grit during the 1st application and wet 0000 fine steel wool for the 2nd. After the last drying, a final rub down with 0000 steel wool and cloth to take away any steel wool left behind in those worm holes in the slats.

The top has been epoxied to the legs and apron using the 2 part epoxy and resin.

Overall, I’m pleased.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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#1 posted 11-10-2011 02:00 PM

Nice project, the wood you used is very nice. I think being able to find your own wood and air dry it is a great thing. I wish I could find more and had area to do what you are doing.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#2 posted 11-10-2011 02:11 PM

This is a very nice looking table. The wood and marble go good together.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-10-2011 06:32 PM

Thank you guys. Yes it is nice to get to see the process from tree fall to finished project. My regret is that I will not have enough years to take a project from seed plant to tree to tree fall to finished project.
I cannot believe how addicting this wood working can be.
Mike, this is all in a two car garage. So… Best of luck on finding your next tree. Shoot me a message on your next project guys.

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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