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Project by Thalweg posted 590 days ago 2624 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as an experiment to use up a bunch of scrap OSB that had been cluttering up the shop for quite a while. The top and the lower shelf are made of OSB strips glued up butcher block style. Prior to gluing I ran each strip through the drum sander to get each side flat, as the back side of the OSB is dimpled, and the front has a finish on it and is far from flat. This uses a lot of glue, but it was a good opportunity to use up all the old glue I had in the shop. After the glue set up I ran the whole thing through the drum sander to flatten the whole thing. I can’t imagine doing this project without a drum sander. At this point the wife decided she liked the look of the top and she wanted it to be a table to feed her cats on (so the dog can’t get the cat food). Initially I thought it’d be a table for my mini lathe. I filled small voids in the top with glue mixed with sanding dust. This was a mistake as those areas didn’t absorb the finish in the same way the rest of the top did. The bottom is made of 3/4 and 5/8 inch Home Depot OSB with the red edge paint. The top is made of 1/2 inch OSB with the green edge paint. I’ve been told that the green paint indicates higher quality OSB. Whether or not that’s true, the 1/2 inch OSB produced a much lighter colored product. I finished these with System Three’s MirrorCoat. I hoped one coat of this would be enough, but I made a mistake. I didn’t put any kind of sealer on the OSB so the epoxy soaked into the wood unevenly and left dry spots. So I had to apply a second coat. It looks really nice except for the gnats that flew into it.

The frame structure is made of pine that I salvaged from an old deck I tore down. It’s just basic mortise and tenon construction, nothing fancy. I filled nail holes and cracks with Bondo and painted it with regular latex paint shot with and HVLP. The wife picked the color. Opinions are mixed on that subject.





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GlennsGrandson

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#1 posted 589 days ago

That is surprisingly freaking sweet!

Sounds like a lot of work but nice job!! (I maybe agree with the mixed opinions on the color though)

-- Grant - S/N Dakota

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 589 days ago

Very cool! Who would have guessed? My OSB all has blue painted edges. Never saw red or green.

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

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BentheViking

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#3 posted 589 days ago

thats really cool

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 589 days ago

Cool and wild nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 589 days ago

Really did turn out nice

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Brandon

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#6 posted 589 days ago

Very cool! I’d try it, but I don’t own a drum sander. :-) I really like how the “grain” on the OSB turned out. You probably have a few pounds of glue invested in that thing.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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Thalweg

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#7 posted 589 days ago

Thanks guys. I honestly didn’t expect it to turn out as well as it did considering it’s all just a bunch of scrap.

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Sergio

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#8 posted 589 days ago

It has a cool look! Any idea is worth to try, sometimes you end up with a great result like this.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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Surfside

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#9 posted 589 days ago

You have figured it out well. The wood, color and design are awesome. You must be really
happy with the result.

www.bandsawparts.com

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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ohwoodeye

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#10 posted 589 days ago

Very nice. I believe I will have to try this.
The only change I will make is to band the whole thing in a solid piece of wood. That way people may be stumped as to what the top is made out of. I wouldn’t have guessed correctly until I saw picture #4 and realized it was OSB turned on its side.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Thalweg

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#11 posted 589 days ago

Thanks again folks.

Ohwoodeye, I thought about wraping the outside as well. Without the sides the wood has an exotic look to it. I might do that next time.

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