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Forum topic by Cornholesgalore posted 09-23-2016 02:56 AM 763 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2016 02:56 AM

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It has truly been a while since I have posted an update. I wanted to share a driftwood table I have been working on.

I found it at a local resevior in a fishing hole, one day it was just washed ashore. Initially the idea was to flatten all the roots facing up, and then put a piece of glass on it. However, I’ve seen that done a few times and decided after seeing a wooden ring someone was trying to toss out to try something different.

I knocked the wafer board table out of the middle of the ring, and built a bottom out of 1×4’s. I also decided to go with milled down driftwood logs I found in a local river.

I had recently seen videos of the glow in the dark epoxy, and decided to take a whack at it. So I mixed up some concentrated batches and put it in the cracks, knots, etc. On all the logs.

Just an fyi, I don’t own a decent camera, so these are all phone photos.

Now let’s return to the base. I decided to flip it the other way, as if the table would be growing from the ground. I pressure washed all the base, did some light sanding, and stained it with American walnut rustoleum stain. Side note, I recommend rustoleum stains as they seem to have great longevity, dry time, and color depth.

I should have built a jig for a router, but sadly I’m pretty strapped on $, so I opted out for an electric planer and my 6 inch 80 grit buffer to attempt to make quick work of levelling.

After all that was done, I decided to hit the base with a few coats of lacquer, I believe I have 8-10 coats on now. I may do one or two more coats.

Okay, now let’s bounce back to the top. Here’s a precursor of what it will look like.

I found myself fascinated with the deep bar epoxy finish and decided to literally start filling in the rest of the table to make it flat all the way across.

Some suggested I put glass on top, but I just wanted to give this a try (I’m relatively new to wood working) so I figured why not.

But what is any table without an LED strip light that matches the glow in the dark epoxy?

I ran the lights plug through the bottom of the table, and used a 1/2 inch spade but to bore a hole through the base. I will probably form my own wood putty out of hide glue, stain, and micro dust from the hole I bored to form a mold around the plug in so everything will be tucked away in the base.

To date this is where I’m at on finishing the top.

I know the top is going to be heavy. But I don’t plan to move it much. The base and top will be connected by 1/2 inch dowel rods. I traced the base to the bottom of the table, made a cardboard template with a 1/2 inch drill bit and transferred the template to the outline on the bottom of the table.

I couldn’t get a coat in tonight due to late work and other projects in my shop, but I will keep you guys posted.

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#1 posted 09-25-2016 03:13 AM

Nice project. I have a feeling you’re going to have more than one centerpiece before it’s all over.

I built a frame for a picture out of 2×8’s laminated side by side. Though it was eight inches deep. I hollowed out the back, except at the ends, top and bottom. That gave it the appearance of having mass without it actually weighing a ton. You could do the same with the top poles, if you ever took another stab at it.

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#2 posted 09-25-2016 03:38 AM

Interesting project and out of the box thinking. Thanks for posting this.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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