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Offline Scott in Bend

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #30 on: March 01, 2018, 02:17 PM »
Siberian Elm, formerly shading a neighborhood in Portland, OR.  Please forgive me for killing the edge.

Purchased the slabs from Salvage Works in Portland.  Milled and kiln dried, ready to sand.  Nice helpful folks, good selection and fair prices.

https://www.salvageworkspdx.com/

Top slab (left in picture) is 2" thick and the leg slab (right) is 2-1/2".

Final overall dimensions are 20" w x 48" l x 17" H

The legs were glued up to get the desired width and are joined to the top with three 14mm dominoes on each end.

Sanded up incrementally to P220g and finished with two coats of Osmo satin hard wax oil.  Green Scotch Brite pad (Viles) for first coat burnish and white pad on the second coat.

I used my TS75 saw with 1400 and 1900 rails along with a TSO GRS-16 guide rail square.  ETC EC 150/3 sander for sanding and rubbing in the oil.  Also, a Domino XL and MFT/3.

This was my first slab-style project and I anticipate doing some more.
« Last Edit: October 08, 2018, 01:40 PM by Scott in Bend »

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #31 on: March 01, 2018, 06:52 PM »
Scott,

yer Killing me. Im taking a ride up there next month and Im stopping in Hood river to visit some old friends. Now ya got me going a buying a load of reclaimed wood and a Slab.

Sheesh I gotta quit coming here its always cost me money  [scared]

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #32 on: October 08, 2018, 01:06 PM »
More fun with Slabs! This is a duplicate of a post I made over at the Shaper Origin forum:

I’ve been criminally unproductive ever since receiving my Shaper Origin, this is the first “real” i.e. furniture grade project attempted. Prior to this I fiddled with some shop fixtures only. The most recent firmware update (Dolores) was handy to have especially the ability to zoom in when placing the long wood inlay to the crack.









Slab is 10/4 sycamore, 10’ by 24-30" cross cut @ 66" into a coffee table and wall-mounted worksurface for my niece’s new apartment. Beautiful grain flecks that come to life with shellac/stain/poly finish & some nice spalting. The split goes from end to end and where unopened I need to reinforce on the bottom. Got a steal on it from John @ Full Circle Woodworx because of the checking. Absolutely LOVE sycamore.

Tabletop received Cumru keys and will get some mother of pearl(??) epoxy inlay, the “client’s” idea (my wife & niece). I’m reserving judgment on that until it’s finished. Desk received a cherry inlay and clear epoxy in knot holes.

Kudos to the SO team for ease of use, my potential future nephew did the majority of the cutting after I demo’ed it for him. He had zero woodworking experience prior to this project. He also earned his chops in slab-surfacing with a router jig.

Table will end up with welded steel X legs, hopefully done in the next 2 weeks. Desk will be wall mounted with some 3/16" stainless cable supports.

Shoutout to Eric Schimelpfenig for the development of Fabber, it was used along with SketchUp to design the butterfly keys.

RMW
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Offline neilc

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #33 on: October 08, 2018, 11:02 PM »
Nice job on the table!  Origin makes this kind of work so much easier!

Thanks for sharing!

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #34 on: June 23, 2019, 03:11 PM »
@neilc a belated thank you. Finally got this done and out of the shop today. 2 nieces down, 4 nephews to go...











The legs will probably get a little visual distressing workover, used a slate black patina and then sprayed flat lacquer over it. Neice #2 can steel wool off some strategic areas as she sees fit to make them a little more interesting, she's the artistic type.

On to the next half-finished project on the pile.

RMW

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Online ScotF

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #35 on: June 23, 2019, 04:00 PM »
Wow - that came out really nice!!! Love the dovetails and finish!! Well done!

Offline neilc

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #36 on: June 23, 2019, 04:31 PM »
Great looking table Richard! Can you explain how you did the tapers on the leg feet?  I like the design!

Offline rvieceli

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #37 on: June 23, 2019, 06:23 PM »
very nice Richard. what are you using for the patina?

Ron

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #38 on: June 24, 2019, 09:02 AM »
Thanks guys.

@neilc the legs are 2" .120 wall tubing. I cut them long @ an acute angle, then using the Portaband slit along each side edge, hammered the sides out to the profile we wanted & cut/welded in 1/8" filler. In case this makes no sense...



Welded on some 1/2" by 2" flat bar to close up the bottoms and started grinding. The cordless angle grinder is your friend.

@rvieceli it's Sculpt Nouveau's slate black patina. Flap-disked the surface rust (that grinder again), followed by hand w/ 100G wet/dry, clean with brake cleaner then spray it on & wait 60 seconds. Rinse/repeat to darken. First coat leaves a greenish hue on raw steel which darkened up with 2/3 applications. The stuff smells just like cold blue but has a different (slate) appearance. Only nit is that it tends to rust immediately after rinsing so so you have to dry and surface coat immediately.

I like how the patina doesn't look like a surface film. I was in a hurry so instead of playing around with steel wool to get a more nuanced look I just dried everything and coated with Behlens flat spray lacquer which emphasizes the patina.

When the client takes possession I assume we'll have a little fun adding some highlights and another coat of lacquer.

RMW
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Offline rvieceli

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #39 on: June 24, 2019, 11:52 AM »
Thanks for the info Richard. On the lacquer front, I have had pretty much zero long term success with lacquer for a finish coat on my steel stuff. Looks good initially but then gets a lot of cracking and checking within the finish after a while. That's with proper cleaning and handling. I have switched to a solvent based enamel and am getting better long term results.

Ron

Offline neilc

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #40 on: June 25, 2019, 09:05 AM »
Makes perfect sense!

Thanks for the explanation. 

Welding gives you a lot of flexibility in doing things like that!


Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #41 on: June 25, 2019, 11:35 AM »
Ron,

That's interesting, I haven't experienced it but my oldest lacquer sprayed stuff is just going on 12 months and lives indoors. Were you spraying and was it one or more different brands or somthing experiencing large temperature swings i.e. outdoors?

I don't know if the Behlens product is any better than anything else but it goes on nice and dries to invisibility.

RMW

Thanks for the info Richard. On the lacquer front, I have had pretty much zero long term success with lacquer for a finish coat on my steel stuff. Looks good initially but then gets a lot of cracking and checking within the finish after a while. That's with proper cleaning and handling. I have switched to a solvent based enamel and am getting better long term results.

Ron
As of 10/17 I am out of the Dog business and pursuing other distractions. Thanks for a fun ride!

Offline Cheese

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #42 on: June 25, 2019, 12:07 PM »
@neilc the legs are 2" .120 wall tubing. I cut them long @ an acute angle, then using the Portaband slit along each side edge, hammered the sides out to the profile we wanted & cut/welded in 1/8" filler. In case this makes no sense...

Welded on some 1/2" by 2" flat bar to close up the bottoms and started grinding. The cordless angle grinder is your friend.


Thanks for that Richard...that makes sense.  [big grin]  I'm a big fan of those legs, I think in stainless they'd be even more stunning on a piece of spalted maple . [smile]


Offline threesixright

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #43 on: June 27, 2019, 05:01 PM »
Would swear I see an alien in the third photo (from the top) [scared] !

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #44 on: May 21, 2020, 09:13 PM »
It's almost criminal how long projects linger around here. Recently knocked out one more slab, only 3 + a burl left to figure out projects to suit.

This is around 3' of cherry finished with Waterlox.



Whipped up some industrial-ish brackets from 1/8" & 3/16" steel, welded a couple nuts onto 3/4" solid rod to hold slip hooks then gave everything a black patina and lacquer finish.



I'm looking for suggestions on what to do with the walnut burl, at a guess there's some nice figure hidden in there.







Tossed between hollowing it into a bowl resting on a tripod of metal legs or flipping it over and using it as a base for something else. The bowl would probably best feature the burl.

Appreciate any suggestions.

RMW
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Offline Bob D.

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #45 on: May 21, 2020, 09:43 PM »
It looks like a small island that's made from one big mass of rock.

What if you bored a large diameter shallow hole in the top
slightly off center to hold a potted plant or a small bonsai.
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Offline Thompmd

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #46 on: May 22, 2020, 08:06 AM »
Beautiful piece of wood Cheese! What is the project going to be?? I’m a slab guy and love the pics!! Just picked up 30 slabs yesterday 26 Walnut, 3 White Oak and 1 Spalted maple. Walnut was up to 2 3/4 x 40” x 98”, 9pcs from same tree. Others up to 15’.
Sawstop Industrial Saw, TS75,2 1400 rails, CT36, Rotex RO 150 FEQ, CT-VA-20, Carvex PS 420 EBQ, Carvex acc. ZH-SYS-PS 400, Kapex KS 120, CT Cyclone Dust Collection Pre-Separator CT VA 20, DF 500 Q Set, Domino 1,060pc Tenon Assortment, UG-KA-SET Portable Imperial Stand & Extensions,OF1400 EQ-F-Plus, MFT/3, MFT-SP, FS-HZ 160

Offline bkharman

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #47 on: May 22, 2020, 09:20 AM »
That looks like a Cyprus burl I had in the 70’s as a clock. It also would make slick bookends with a split down the middle.

Cheers. Bryan.


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Offline Cheese

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #48 on: May 22, 2020, 11:40 AM »
Beautiful piece of wood Cheese! What is the project going to be?? I’m a slab guy and love the pics!! Just picked up 30 slabs yesterday 26 Walnut, 3 White Oak and 1 Spalted maple. Walnut was up to 2 3/4 x 40” x 98”, 9pcs from same tree. Others up to 15’.

I wish I owned that piece of spalted maple.  [crying]  It was a bench that a local store was selling.

Here's a picture of the LH side and on the RH side there were bright yellow mineral streaks right next to the black lines...stunning is the only way to describe it.


Offline Thompmd

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Re: Slabs!
« Reply #49 on: May 22, 2020, 12:17 PM »
That piece is beautiful!!

I do too lol!! The Spalted Slab I got is 2.5”x20”x132”.
Sawstop Industrial Saw, TS75,2 1400 rails, CT36, Rotex RO 150 FEQ, CT-VA-20, Carvex PS 420 EBQ, Carvex acc. ZH-SYS-PS 400, Kapex KS 120, CT Cyclone Dust Collection Pre-Separator CT VA 20, DF 500 Q Set, Domino 1,060pc Tenon Assortment, UG-KA-SET Portable Imperial Stand & Extensions,OF1400 EQ-F-Plus, MFT/3, MFT-SP, FS-HZ 160