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Made from hard maple and walnut. Finished with three or four coats of General Finishes wiping polyurethane (first few coats gloss, second to last coat semi-gloss, last coat semi-gloss and naphtha mix). Also made a matching board (not shown) to sit on the small shelf just above this one (see last photo).





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Mcnervy

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#1 posted 851 days ago

Great Job
Very nice design

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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JL7

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#2 posted 851 days ago

Looks good Steven…...I have some appreciation for making these long glue-ups and yours turned out great!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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WoodenFrog

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#3 posted 851 days ago

Very Nice! Thats an eye catcher!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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lizardhead

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#4 posted 851 days ago

Wow!!! That is rich

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 851 days ago

Very pretty!

lee

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Hippockets

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#6 posted 851 days ago

This is the fiirst counter top I have seen using multiple woods. I really think it adds a sophisticated look to this counter top

-- Bruce, Arnold MD bjordan443@aol.com

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Martyroc

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#7 posted 851 days ago

Very nice, looks awesome.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Roque

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#8 posted 851 days ago

Very nice work and great design.

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NormG

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#9 posted 851 days ago

Wonderful counter top. Really looks great with the contrasting woods

-- Norman

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 851 days ago

That is way too pretty to ever use!
Nice work, you should be proud.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 851 days ago

Very nice really shows off the wood! Well done.

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

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vipond33

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#12 posted 850 days ago

Very dramatic, very pretty. Like JL7 said, well done long glue up. I assume the plugs are for a floating end cap. Am curious as to why the naphtha in the last coat.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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stevenmadden

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#13 posted 850 days ago

vipond33: Thanks for the compliment. Those are bread board ends, which have three portions that are longer (kind of like tenons), where the pegs are located. I only glue the middle tenon, maybe about 2”-3”, the other two have elongated holes to allow for movement. The rest of it is about a 3/4” tongue, with about a 3/4” shoulder, with no glue. The end cap is “sprung”, or has a spring joint (concave where the end cap meets the counter top). The holes in the tongue are also drilled slightly closer to the shoulder (about 1/16”). When the end caps are clamped, it closes the gap and pulls the length of the joint together very tightly. The pegs are driven through (only gluing the middle), which pulls the end cap in even more (due to the offset holes), and the clamps can be removed. Very tight and very strong joint, but still allows for wood movement.

To answer your question, the naphtha flashes off leaving a thin coat of finish. I use about a 50/50 mix, which doesn’t have to be exact. Very easy to apply and dries very quickly, leaving very little time for anything to settle in the finish.

Everyone: Thank you for taking the time to comment.

Steven

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vipond33

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#14 posted 850 days ago

Steven – appreciate the detailed response, must try the naphtha method.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Rick

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#15 posted 849 days ago

Very Nice Project! Thanks For posting!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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