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Project by gearhead4 posted 04-08-2014 02:22 PM 1633 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

UPDATED – Final table is 3rd image. Last image is the slab when I received the raw wood.

I haven’t posted in a while but I have been busy. This is my latest project. An 8 foot 1.5” Cherry Slab, walnut and cocobolo butterfly inlays to check the cracks. The slab will be mounted to a solid steel base I had made by a Baltimore craftsman. So far, I have applied 3 coats of Danish Oil and now trying to decide if I apply more coats or do 2 coats of poly-urethane to protect it some more since it’s going to be used every day. Anyone with experience applying poly over Danish Oil please feel free to comment.

UPDATE: Final photos are posted http://lumberjocks.com/projects/100152

-- Gearhead4, NY





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 02:58 PM

Looks like beautiful wood and nice bottom. Be sure to give us pictures of the finished product.

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

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 03:08 PM

I can’t tell, are the pits from the cracks filled in with Epoxy? or are you going to cover it with glass?

Just wondering as someone with small kids, i can picture the first spilled glass of milk or soup getting into all those crevices and NEVER coming out.

It is very beautiful.

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gearhead4

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 03:54 PM

Great question. I have the epoxy ready to go but I’m still debating if I really need to fill the cracks. I figured I would finish the piece and then fill the cracks if I felt it was necessaery. Anyone have any suggestions or advice ?
Andy

-- Gearhead4, NY

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Manitario

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 04:11 PM

It looks great, and will be a beautiful table. Polyurethane is fine over danish oil; danish oil basically is a combo of polyurethane varnish and oil. I agree with bigdaddyO; as a kitchen/dining table you’ll get food in the cracks which will never come out. Filling the cracks with epoxy is a big job and requires a lot of sanding; if you’re going to do it, you may want to do it now, before you’ve started to use the table.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 04:45 PM

That slab is awesome, the base is also really cool. Can’t wait to see it completed, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 04:46 PM

Thanks Manitario. Really helpful. If you have any other suggestions for filling with epoxy or helpful hints that would be very helpful. Andy

-- Gearhead4, NY

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#7 posted 04-08-2014 11:45 PM

If yer going to fill those cracks with epoxy, do it now as it will have to be sanded back to the table surface. Just tape over the underside of the cracks, pour epoxy (I like West System brand), and watch for bubbles which can be popped with a heat gun or torch.

That is a gorgeous cherry slab!

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

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#8 posted 04-08-2014 11:47 PM

Thanks GFADVM, great advice.

-- Gearhead4, NY

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Manitario

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#9 posted 04-09-2014 03:10 AM

you can put dye into the epoxy which can either contrast it from the wood or help it blend in. Just plain epoxy will go cloudy when you sand it, so I find it is nice to put some black colouring into it.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#10 posted 04-09-2014 02:20 PM

Very COOL chunk of wood and beautiful use of it. I second the black epoxy.

-- "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is."– Albert Einstein

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gearhead4

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#11 posted 04-09-2014 04:42 PM

I must say I hate the thought of using epoxy on such a beautiful natural piece of wood. Other than glass is there any other way to seal the cracks ? Andy

-- Gearhead4, NY

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#12 posted 04-09-2014 06:56 PM

you could always use turquoise. but i think that’s basically a top cote for epoxy.

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#13 posted 04-09-2014 07:02 PM

Love the character of that cherry slab just the way it is. The metal base is a perfect compliment to the top.

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

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#14 posted 04-10-2014 07:03 AM

Very Nice Work Indeed. Well Done. Thanks for Posting.

Rick

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

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#15 posted 04-10-2014 08:07 AM

Gorgeous slab! The Base is nice too.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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