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10-06-2015 02:06 AM

I’ve been moving this slab of wood from house to house for 15+ years. Finally decided I needed to take some time and sand it to see what would come out. With just a cursory sanding it looks pretty nice. Now that I’ve made it this far and having made a pledge to myself to never move this to another home and to get something made of it before another 15 years passes me by, I need to decide what to do. My initial thought is to keep the live edge and put a bar top-like finish on it and call it a table center piece. What say you?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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#1 posted 10-06-2015 02:13 AM

Unique shape, looks to be shaped like a clenched hand with a finger pointing up . What are the dimensions ?

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#2 posted 10-06-2015 02:15 AM

It’s 13” wide at the base and 15” tall to the base of the “finger” It reminds me of those foam fingers you see at ball games.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 10-06-2015 02:26 AM

Not sure what to make from the first 2 pix but the last pix would make a mighty fine bed warmer :^)

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#4 posted 10-06-2015 02:27 AM

Foam finger! That’s all I can see.

-- -Dan

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#5 posted 10-06-2015 02:28 AM

Very interesting. I would probably use it as a base for a project. Don’t know what but with that shape maybe it might be good for one of those puzzles that you extend out at the base and use that as your center piece.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#6 posted 10-06-2015 02:33 AM

Lew not sure how that little guy got in the post (ha!) – that’s Czar Peter – he’s a furnace and he likes to snuggle so I have no trouble staying warm. He rescued me about 18 months ago—- a great find. He was abused and I was recovering from all my health issues – so the two of us are new inseparable.

Scrollingmom – not sure I know what type of puzzle you are thinking of. Puzzle is an interesting idea – would be interested to see a picture of what you might have in mind.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 10-06-2015 02:46 AM

I had my mind Focused on helping,,till Lew chimed in.!

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#8 posted 10-06-2015 02:49 AM

How bout a four legged stool and you put Czar Peter out on Point to warn ya when the doorbell rings.

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle",,,,,member MWTCA area K. Kentucky

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#9 posted 10-06-2015 02:51 AM

#1 foam finger

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#10 posted 10-06-2015 02:53 AM

Actually I thought about a 4 legged stool. I was worried it would be too thin and attaching legs would be a trick. I’ve also bounced around the small chair side table – but again attaching the legs on such a thin piece would be a challenge. The pieces i just a hair over 1/2” thick.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#11 posted 10-06-2015 03:06 AM

On the foam finger resemblance: Carve a big 5 out of some contrasting wood, put it on the face, and hang it at the top of the tallest wall you have in your house (gable under a cathedral ceiling is best), or hang it from the ceiling. High 5!

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#12 posted 10-06-2015 11:27 AM

Sand/smooth all the edges, glue some small (1”) legs on the bottom and use it as a cheese serving tray. The finger everyone keeps mentioning is the handle. It’s a nice size and looking over your previous works, you would have zero problems turning this into a dynamite piece of eye candy. Only down side to the cheese on the board? I do not think you can Czar proof it….....nor would want to.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#13 posted 10-06-2015 12:02 PM

imo, add a 1 by along the bottom- the straight edge- and maybe one somewhere else or maybe just a few small ones and finish it and put it on the wall for a shelf.be good for pictures or knick nacks and be able to enjoy lookin at thebeauty of the piece. something like i did with this slab that still has to go on the wall

apologize for picture being sideways. dont know how to correct that.

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#14 posted 10-06-2015 12:04 PM

or, frame a map of your city or state and use if for one of them, “you are here” pointers.

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#15 posted 10-06-2015 12:29 PM

How about insetting it in something?

You clearly like the shape and want to preserve that, but it’s not a shape that seems to lend itself to any function, so why not inset the piece into a mosaic tiled tabletop, or maybe trace around it and make a cut-out in another piece of wood so it slots in? You’d need to grout the gap in some manner, but that should serve to outline the shape even more clearly, which is the very thing you want. If you can access a shop with a big enough bandsaw (can do a 13” depth of cut) you could even slice it is two and then bookleaf along the straight edge. The thickness of the material is not a problem if you are in effect using it like a veneer.

I’m not saying any of this would be easy, but the result would be unique and very attractive if well executed.

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