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Project by Blake posted 08-21-2012 03:05 AM 1899 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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One of my relatives has a connection with musician Graham Nash and originally gave me a slab of beautiful Claro Walnut which was salvaged from his hot tub several decades ago. I used it to build my dads music stand:

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Well a couple of months ago he told me that he had one more piece of that Walnut left and wanted me to have it.

This time, instead of cutting it up into pieces I decided to repair the cracks with butterflies (Macassar Ebony) and leave the slab as-is. The original sliding dovetail joinery from the hot tub can still be seen along two edges of the piece.

The base is made out of Mahogany salvaged from an old teacher’s desk, given to me by a friend. You can still see the nail holes and other “character traits.”

Spacers between the base and top, as well as feet under the base give it a “floating” look. The miters in the base are splined on the table saw. The four “legs” come together in an “X” in the middle and are biscuited together.

Finished with sprayed conversion varnish. The top is 24” x 16” and its 24” tall.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com





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choppertoo

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 04:18 AM

Very eclectic, Blake. I love the design and execution!

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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shipwright

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 05:45 AM

Good to see you again Blake, I’ve missed you for a while.
Nice piece and a sensitive use of sentimentally valuable material.
I like this a lot.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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HalDougherty

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 11:10 AM

Beautiful piece. Do you have any idea what the original hot tub looked like? Made from walnut, I bet it was beautiful.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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CL810

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 11:51 AM

Great work Blake. Gorgeous!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 12:04 PM

Not only beautiful, but very unique!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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SPalm

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#6 posted 08-21-2012 12:10 PM

Cool design.
Looks like it would be a nice stool too.

Keep in touch,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Roger

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#7 posted 08-21-2012 01:08 PM

You’re a fine craftsman Blake. Jam on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#8 posted 08-21-2012 01:31 PM

I love it Blake.
Really perfect in detail and finish.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 01:31 AM

Two beautiful projects from that historic Claro. I like that you left all the “character” as I think that adds a lot to their beauty. That must have been a FANCY hot tub!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Triumph1

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 11:56 AM

I will be brutally honest for a second. Sometimes on this site people post wood gloats and you think to yourself “that would have been better off in someone elses hands”. And then you come along with this famous hot tub wood…in this case I don’t think the wood could have gone to anyone better. Every piece you made using it is beautiful…as is this one. I really like the way you did the joinery on the base and the use of the butterflies on the table top. Thanks for sharing!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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