leadwood table

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Project by WILLIE posted 02-15-2012 06:13 PM 4365 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

leadwood, an extremely hard wood, very heavy (air dry 1200kg/m3). This tree must have been a few hundred years old. Although very heavy, it finishes with an extremely smooth surface but time consuming and lots of patience. Finish applied is Wooddoc 20. some of the cracks were filled with glue and dust collected from sanding.

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#1 posted 02-15-2012 08:08 PM

Wonderful looking slab you have there. Must be a future table top.

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#2 posted 02-15-2012 08:15 PM

Nice part one of your BLOG…Waiting to see the FINISHED PROJECT with legs…

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#3 posted 02-15-2012 10:33 PM

It really does take a shine. Where did you get this old slab?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 02-15-2012 11:15 PM

you have another one leaning up on the wall.. you can go ahead and mail that to me.

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 12:34 AM

You were not lying! That really finished nice! That will make a great table top. Good job.

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 03:01 AM

Wondered why I never heard of leadwood and then I saw that you’re from South Africa. Very nice slab. Looks a lot like american walnut.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 11:30 AM

Hi Willie. Wel gedaan die blad lyk baie mooi sal dit op pote wil sien ( well done the top looks good, would like to see it on legs ) Regards Roger in RSA

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 01:00 PM

I think I see hand plane tracks in picture 2. Did you really flatten that by hand? If so, my hat is off to you.

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#9 posted 02-17-2012 02:58 PM

I’m with joshtank, those are nice slabs and I wish I had one in my shop. Did you search the bushveld? I have a large leadwood log carved into a bear and it must weigh 400lbs.


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