|Project by alumitim||posted 12-30-2013 03:51 PM||1046 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This was my first real project. I welcome any and all criticism. Please let me know what you think I could improve on.
I made this entirely from beetle kill pine. I bought all of the wood from Rocky Blue Woodworks out of Westminster Colorado. Those guys run a portable mill and have been harvesting the standing dead from Colorado’s forests. If you are in the area, I highly recommend calling them up. “www.coloradobeetlekillfurniture.com”
This being my first project, those guys were a lot of help in guiding me in what I wanted to accomplish. The slab was 5’X20”x3”. The slab had more pinholes from the beetle than I would have preferred but, I think it added a nice look to the finished piece. I cut one live edge off and squared the ends prior to sanding. It was rough cut when I purchased it and I started with a belt sander and worked my way down from there. I learned a lot about what not to do with a belt sander. I left several marks in the slab that took a lot of sanding later to remove.
I didn’t have a draw knife so I used a wire wheel on the logs to strip the bark. I then used an orbital sander to finish them off. It left a little bit of color from the bark still on the logs. I cut the tenons with a hole saw and a hand saw. I then used a forstner bit for the holes. I used Danish oil on all of the frame work.
I then made my first mistake of the project, I assembled and glued up the frame. In hindsight I should have mocked it up and poured the epoxy top on prior to gluing up the frame. I then poured the bar top epoxy on the slab. The problem that I encountered was that the epoxy ran off of the top and onto the legs of the project. I had the legs masked off with plastic but, the epoxy found its way onto them anyway. 6 hours after the pour I was able to take a sharp knife and peel most of it off. That is a step that I would have liked to skip but, I won’t make that mistake again.
Overall I am very pleased with the finished project. I gave it to the wife for Christmas and she is very pleased so I guess that’s the important thing.