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Project by willie posted 879 days ago 1280 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s uncle gave me a bunch of wormy chestnut about 10 years ago. He thought I’d want it for kindling wood for the woodburner. I took all I could get! I was in the process of a kitchen remodel and the wife said she wanted a new table too. So, I got busy and this is the result. I filled all the wormholes in the top only with fiberglass resin to keep the dirt out and still be visible. So far there is no sign of any cracking or separation from the wood. This was a fun project and the materials were free. Wish I had enough wood to make some chairs too. (not really, I’ve done enough chair repairs to know that’s easier said than done!!!)

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 878 days ago

Great table and wood. I love wood like this with character. I fill knot holes with epoxy mixed with a drop of dye. I never tried using resin. interesting.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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willie

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#2 posted 878 days ago

Thanks Ken. Filling the holes turned out to more of a challenge than I figured. I remember when I was younger doing bodywork on my car, using a type of bondo called “Black Diamond”. It was black and I thought that would look good filling in the holes and accenting them. Apparently they don’t make Black Diamond anymore. After several attempts to dye bondo black, and failing, I decided to try the resin. It is translucent enough to let you see into wormholes and other defects. I had to totally coat the top with resin three times and sand it all off before I was happy with the results. Ten years later it shows no signs of the resin separating from the wood. If you get a chance, try it. I think you’ll be impressed with the results and how easy it is to work with!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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WDHLT15

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#3 posted 878 days ago

That is awesome!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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Bertha

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#4 posted 878 days ago

Awesome! I’ve got about 150bf milled up and leaning all over my shop. I’m planning to build a linen press and I’m about to start gluing up panels for the two carcasses. I had to resaw, joint, and plane ALL of it. It was all filthy dirty 8/4 when I bought it. I hope mine comes out looking like yours! I think I’m leaving my holes au naturel and I’ll probably use an oil finish. Haven’t quite thought that out yet. Awesome project!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 878 days ago

Beautiful wood with all of the character markings , and a nice table design as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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PaBull

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#6 posted 877 days ago

Willie, good that your uncle didn’t chop it up into firewood for you before he gave the wood.

Nice looking table!!

Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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willie

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#7 posted 877 days ago

Thanks PaBull, He offered to cut it up for me but I told him to leave it long. It was used as a wall in a school bus garage. It was painted white on one side, over six different colors, and orange on the other. The worst part was getting all that paint off. I gave that little Ryobi planer a workout, and was impressed with it. Nice wood to work with and after ten years has proven to be really durable having withstood daily use and abuse. Wouldn’t mind finding some more of that!!!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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PaBull

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#8 posted 848 days ago

Thanks, great story.
Pb.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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