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French Polished Cypress Stump Table

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French Polished Cypress Stump TableIn May 2019 I had a pair of Cypress trees cut down. One of them had an impressive flair at the base that I asked the tree service to preserve for me. It had to become a table. It took me a while to decide on what kind of table. It took some work with a chainsaw, router sled, scrub plane and a slick to get it into shape.For coloring I fumed it with ammonia than then used dark tung oil to give it more color and protection. I was having trouble getting the finish to build completely on the end grain (yes pure tung oil can build a sheen) Some specific sections of the end grain just remained thirsty so I eventually switched over to a French polish with shellac to complete the finish on the shelves. Topped off that with a couple of treatments with Odie's Oil as the source of wax and a bit of water protection.Lots more build photos and step by steps on source: Cypress Console Table



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Wine Barrel Stool

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Wine Barrel StoolSo, here's what's been happening in my shop this week…After cruising the internet for “wine barrel furniture”, I came to the conclusion that I could do that!So I ordered two large wine barrels from a local guy, who delivered them to my door. HEAVY! And made of white oak! Not that expensive, since I can get two of these chairs out of one barrel.A week later I was able to start working on the project. I decided to make a tall stool, bar height, with arms and a swivel action.The staves that came out of the barrel were amazing such high quality, and deep, deep burgundy red. The color had penetrated 1/8 into the wood. The wood was intact, with no signs of deterioration.So I drew up a plan and went to work. And here is the result my first wine barrel chair.The first image shows the chair dry-assembled, before finishing. The foot rail is one of the barrel hoops, cut to size, and finished with automotive hi-temp paint, that was cured in the kitchen stove. I should have smiled for the camera :-)The varigation of color as a result of bevelling and sanding edges is remarkably beautiful.Thanks to all the other wood workers who posted image of their builds so that I could see how they are made. I stand on their shoulders.



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Four More Marking Gauges

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Four More Marking GaugesThese four making gauges were made from brass ones that I purchased. I turned down the brass to my original dimensions and then turned the wood cover from exotic woods to dress them up. I was told by a friend that African black wood is ” chiippy”...that it is brittle and chips break off. I did not find that to be the case with it but I thought I would look up the Janka hardness numbers on all of these for comparison.
The first one is Canary wood from Brazil ( Janka 1520) Next is Cocobola from Mexico (Janka2960). Next is Jarrah from W Australia (Janka1400) and last is African Blackwood from S Africa ( Janka 3760).
For comparison Aspen is Janka 380.They are finished with EEE and ShellawaxCheers, JimHere is what I turn them down to:



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