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#1 posted 03-08-2012 04:48 AM

Well, I would like to thank you and Hal for your nice compliments on the top. The homeowner has just started doing the finish on it, It’s their retirement home here in the mountain and sits almost on the top of a mountain. He’s going to put five coats on it and then buff it with corn starch. I’ll put up more photos of it when he’s finished and has the back splash on it. They’re still undecided whether to use cherry or the maple. I think it’s going to turn out to be one of the prettier wood tops we’ve done as far as the grain.

It took us a week to build the top. We used a Proformax 22-44 to sand it instead of the wide belt so we would have closer control over the feed ratio. I think that was some of the hardest wood we’ve ever tried to sand before. After we got it flat on the sander we then took out the linear sanding lines with a OS with 100 grit. We ran the tops on 120 grit. We finished off with 220 on the OS.

We’ve got to do another wood top in a few months and it’ll be out of curley maple with a walnut drop edge.
The cabinets will be out of walnut with curley maple door and drawer panels. Sure it will be a site for the eyes.

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