|Forum topic by yellabret||posted 04-16-2013 12:28 AM||1349 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
04-16-2013 12:28 AM
THIS WOOD IS AWESOME! a friend gave me a log that had been dead a while, slight spalting in a few areas but not enough to get excited over. i milled it out, and letting it dry, but as an experiment i went ahead and made an experimental table to see how it does, otherwise, as dense as this wood is it would take 4 years for a 2” slab to dry. but – being so dense and straight grained, it is less prone to movement, so i took the leap.
the length is 6’, 2.25” thick
you can see the color change in the wood surrounding the initial checks in the log, showing that air did that. UV changes the color as well as i can see by my stacked slabs. i expect the whole table to be that rich brown color someday, but who knows how long? no worries, people love this color, and like the thought that it will look like walnut eventually – and will literally last centuries and centuries.
this table is a gift to the landowner that gave me the log – and 3 skinned/gutted deer as well. i’d like to keep that supply chain going! ;-) they also have another dead one for me, and a forest of live trees that i could possibly cherry pick 1 or 2 problem trees from. hoping to get a straight section for some bows, anyone in the area interested in that let me know.
as far as the table – the legs are from the first cut off the side of the log with the outside live edge. i used counter sunk lag screws to attach them from the top, then plugged the holes with a walnut dowel. i also turned them in a bit to add stability. you could park an 18- wheeler on it… ;-) — cracks are filled with tinted epoxy.
finish is an initial coat of General Finishes Armor Seal thinned 5o% with mineral spirits, then 3 coats of GF gel topcoat.
all comments pro and con are welcome – i learn from all.