|Forum topic by dcg4403||posted 04-22-2014 01:13 AM||2249 views||2 times favorited||14 replies|
04-22-2014 01:13 AM
Greetings forum members!
We just finished up on another stunning live edge walnut contemporary dining table that I wanted to share with the group. I own and run, Refined Elements, which is based outside of Austin, TX. We have the one of the largest live edge walnut inventories in Texas and are expanding our inventory into Pecan,Mesquite and Maple in the near future. We are building a 52” wide throat, hydraulically controlled, diesel powered sawmill and have a partnership with DeVos Woodworking. DeVos and Refined Elements will be offering live edge, kilned dried slabs at very competitive rates to fellow woodworkers, lumber yards and individuals alike. Our walnut is typically sourced outside of Texas as I’ve found that Texas walnut is low grade wood due to the drought conditions. Not to say that Texas walnut does not have some amazing character.
The top is a bookmatch set of American Black Walnut. We purchased the log in Michigan and had it milled specifically for a client in Dallas. Of course, we used the extra slabs for other projects, but we hand selected what we felt was the best two slabs for this particular piece.
Each slab was originally up to 42” across. Once bookmatched, we could have produced a table with a minimum width of 65” and maximum length of 124” long. We designed this particular table to allow for proper clearance in the dining room. So the final dimensions of the table was 55” wide x 109” long x 2-1/4” thick.
The base is produced from solid steel which we machined and fabricated We call our solid steel bases the Leviathan series due to their sheer size and weight! LOL. Each leg is double plated brass, polished to a mirror finish. The weight of each leg is 125 lbs. We used brass inserts and machined the base to allow for expansion and contraction. We also do solid bronze, stainless, chrome, nickel, burnished brass and copper bases.
We are quite proud of our finishes and feel they are unrivaled. Yes, I’m personally biased. We take extra time to seal, sand, seal, sand, seal and then go into a schedule of polishing and buffing our hand rubbed oil varnishes. We make our own blends in-house like many others. We don’t like film finishes unless it is an extremely high traffic area such as bars, restaurants or a family full of kids. It is an easy care finish and we provide a re-finishing video to all our clients. We also don’t use petroleum based solvents in an effort to keep things as green as possible.
Let me know what you think. We are working on a Texas Walnut table that I will post soon. It has a total of 32 bowties and is quite an interesting piece.
Devin Ginther, Owner