Black Walnut Bar-top

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Project by saw4fun posted 12-14-2015 06:22 PM 1287 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece was a total salvage job as the cracks that can be seen on each end both ran over 4’ in from each end. I glued and clamped the cracks as far back together as I could and then inlaid 1/2”thick ash bow-ties on each side for additional strength. Filled any remaining visible hairline cracks between the bowties with dyed gel epoxy. Sanded to 320. Several coats of Hopes Pure Tung Oil 000Steel wooled in between. Since the pictures were taken I went back and put one coat of wipe-on poly on for a little more shine. 1.5” thick x 17”wide x 8’long

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#1 posted 12-14-2015 08:19 PM

Very nice.
I do like the bow-tie inlays but I really don’t believe they add much for strength whatsoever. Strictly for looks. The inlay bit is on my Christmas wish-list.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 12-14-2015 08:41 PM

ohwoodeye- It probably isn’t near as much with downward force on either side of the crack but as far as holding the crack from opening back up they have an incredible amount of strength. With the V centered on the crack, glue on the bottom and sides of the inlay, and a strong wood like ash, there is no where for the wood to go. Hope Santa is nice to you, they are a blast to implement into projects!!

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#3 posted 12-15-2015 02:40 AM

Great job, I was surprised how much the inlays do for cracks. The thicker you make them the better of course. Love the wood, will make a great bar top.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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