MonkeyPod Slab Table

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Project by Vic Vanderkooi posted 12-28-2015 06:24 PM 4117 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was for a great friend of mine in Hawaii. The table top was a single slab of Monkey Pod (Raintree) that was around 6’ wide by 9’ long by 2 1/4 thick. It was badly warped when I got it and it took me almost a year of working with the piece to get it flat. I cut kerfs down the length to release some of the stress and then parked a motorcycle on it for a few months (curve up).

I made the legs out of the same wood from a much smaller slab. The “rear” leg was a single slab and the “front” leg I made into a Honu (Hawaiian Sea Turtle). I patched a few of the holes in the top and inserted some butterfly keys as well.

I finished it with boiled linseed oil and poly. If I had it to do over I would have used oil and Bri Wax.

Thanks for looking.

-- Vic (The Silent Woodworker)

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#1 posted 12-28-2015 08:01 PM

Holy smokes, that is an impressive looking slab! Definitely one of a kind.

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#2 posted 12-28-2015 08:05 PM

Holy crap that’s cool !

-- Eric - Black Hawk, Colorado

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#3 posted 12-28-2015 08:36 PM

beautiful wood

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#4 posted 12-28-2015 10:34 PM

thats an incredible slab of wood welll worth the wait and speaking of weight how many men does it take to move that thing also love the base design.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Vic Vanderkooi

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#5 posted 12-28-2015 10:49 PM

Thank you all. It weighed about 400lbs. It was a bear to move.

-- Vic (The Silent Woodworker)

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#6 posted 12-29-2015 01:06 AM

WOW!! Just Wow! That is absolutely beautiful!! Your friend is very lucky.

-- I turn wood into 'things' ..... what is your superpower?

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#7 posted 12-29-2015 01:08 AM

Man that’s a big, beautiful slab! I’m sure your friend is really going to appreciate this table!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 12-29-2015 01:26 AM

You did an amazing job. The table is beautiful.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 12-29-2015 07:02 AM

Yeah! Like everyone else! That’s freaking awesome.

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#10 posted 12-29-2015 01:48 PM

That is certainly a thing of beauty! Love the legs, they do have a certain Hawaiian flair to them!

And you had to ship that beast from NC to Hawaii???? HOLY CRAP !

Kudos to you, and WELCOME to LJs !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 12-29-2015 09:27 PM

wOw…..that is beautiful

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#12 posted 12-29-2015 10:48 PM

No shipping. I lived in Hawaii at the time. I recently moved to NC. I was able to bring about 1200 lbs of Hawaiian wood back with me. Monkey Pod, eucalyptus, Milo, Lychee. I am very picky on how/when I use it. It’s a limited commodity in NC.

I do know of an amazing sawyer who ships raw wood back stateside. Last I checked he ships for $1 a pound from Honolulu. Let me know if anyone wants his info. I’m not associated with him and I don’t really know the rules or etiquette for plugging a business on this site, but he was my main supplier when I lived there.

-- Vic (The Silent Woodworker)

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#13 posted 12-30-2015 12:42 PM

Very funky.
I like it….................

-- mike...............

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#14 posted 12-31-2015 02:15 PM

gorgeous table. Love the turtle leg.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#15 posted 01-01-2016 02:05 PM

You make me want to be a better Wood Worker, this Table is Top Notch. Just when you think you’re good someone like you comes along and makes you work harder.

-- Winning the Hearts and Minds one measurement at a time

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