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An end table I made for my parents. Natural shaped laurel tabletop, birch legs, walnut runner/shelf.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.
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#1 posted 08-17-2012 05:43 PM
Are we talking laurel as in laurel hedges ? I tried drying some Russian laurel and it tore itself to pieces. Looks like you’re had better luck !
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#2 posted 08-17-2012 05:55 PM
Honestly, I’m not sure; my parents brought the wood back from North Carolina, and I haven’t been doing woodwork long enough to know wood types at that level of detail.
But at least the project turned out pretty good – and it gave me an excuse to make a jointer/planer sled for my router, as well. (When we started on that laurel slab, it rocked like a seesaw.)
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#3 posted 08-18-2012 09:19 AM
Nice looking. I am a live edge lover. Welcome to LJ’s.
-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.
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#4 posted 08-18-2012 12:43 PM
I am guessing it might be mountain laurel, which is in the Rhododendron family. Nice work! I want to build me a sled for flattering and a big torsion box table for it to ride on.
-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978
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#5 posted 08-19-2012 04:54 PM
Very cool, the natural edge is killer.
-- Chad, Gilbert AZ www.impeccablepen.com and www.youtube.com/user/ctschimmel
#6 posted 08-20-2012 03:23 PM
Thanks guys! For router jointing, I built a wide carriage and a few different sized bases. The carriage and the sides of the bases (which the carriage rides on) are melamine, to make it glide easier. And for bases that are significantly narrower than the carriage, I clamp some spacer blocks so that the carriage doesn’t slide and rock all over the place.
I’ll probably post some pictures of these jigs later.
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