Nakashima Inspired Walnut Slab Table #2: Filling Knots and Cracks, Butterfly Inlays, and and a Start on the Base

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Blog entry by Marshall posted 12-19-2014 04:56 PM 4291 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Bookmatched Walnut Slabs Part 2 of Nakashima Inspired Walnut Slab Table series Part 3: Prepping the top »

I’ve made some progress on the kitchen table in the last few days. I started filling the knots and cracks in the top with epoxy. This is a messy job, and its a pain to get all of the bubbles out. I’m starting with the bottom side to perfect the technique. I burned the epoxy in one place where I held the torch too long trying to get the bubbles out. That just made a ton more bubbles that wouldnt come out.

I also practiced making butterfly inlays on some scrap wood. This turned out to be easier than I thought with a template and inlay kit for the router.

Finally, I laid out the pieces for the base and got them all cut out.

This weekend, I’ll finish shaping the base pieces and work on the bridle joints. I hope to have all the epoxy done and cured so I can take the top back to my friends cabinet shop for final flattening.

-- Marshall -

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 07:13 PM

Looking good. I recently did my first epoxy crack filling. Failed to get all the bubbles as well. I think next time I’m going to use black epoxy instead.
Looking forward to the finished product.

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