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Key West paintings on found wood

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Key West paintings on found woodKey West paintings on found wood treated with clear epoxy.



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Live Edge Walnut Table

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Live Edge Walnut TableI went to visit my Dad and a logger buddy, Brownie, of his was there visiting also. Eventually the talk turned to woodworking. I mentioned that was looking for walnut crotch for a chest of drawers project. Brownie told me of a piece of wood that he had been hoarding for six years but he might be willing part with. After seeing the pictures he sent me, I saw it didn't have the feather crotch I was looking for but it looked like the grain had lots of figure.I told my wife that it looked like a table top to me and if she wanted it for a table, I'd make it for her but that I didn't think I would buy it for my chest project since it wasn't just what I wanted. We made arrangements to go look at the slab. My wife was supposed to give me a discreet head nod if she wanted it.Brownie poured water on the slab and the grain came alive. A glance to my wife and her head stretched as far up and down as anyone has ever nodded. A quick negotiation and I had a table top to make.The base was hand forged by Ian Hart of Cloven Hoof Iron and Wood in Virginia. His work is amazing. He patiently worked through the design process with me and the end result is exactly what I wanted & what he had drawn. Plus Ian kindly delivered it to me since I was recovering from a knee replacement surgery. I think the base really makes the table.Finished with BLO hand rubbed, black epoxy for the couple narrow cracks, bow ties on the bottom to stabilize the cracks, 5' 6 long, 28 at the waist, 30 & 33 at the ends, 30 tall.



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Motley Poplar Asian Sawhorse

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Motley Poplar Asian SawhorseFinally posting instead of lurking. Thanks to all the LJs who kept up my interest in wood during my last few years of work. I built these to upgrade from those flimsy plastic sawhorses that cost $10 but are worth $5. I followed plans of Len Cullum at makezine.com. Inspired also by Richard McGuire and Chris Schwartz.Poplar is about as strong as balsa wood, but they are about 3 inches thick and should hold up. They could take my weight before any glue or pegs. Mostly power tool construction but lots of hand planing, including whittling the walnut 1/2 inch pegs with a plane. Draw-boring is harder than it looks. Now I can start on a baby Roubo workbench to move more in a hand tool direction. My pile of oak is waiting. Cheers.Paxjen, Maryland



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