Face The Knot

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Project by rshep55 posted 01-27-2009 05:03 AM 3173 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a few nice blocks of spalted maple and spalted birch on ebay. When I bookmatched cut the birch I used on this table top I found this knot. It was quite punky and needed to be hardened with some ca glue and needed some walnut filler to plug holes. Between the knot and the black spalt lines it gave me this Owl or Insect face image.
It measures 11” by 12” and 29” H. The base is Walnut.
7 coats of WaterLox with 2000 grit wet sandings in between.
I finished off the table top with several coats of gloss poly.

Thanks for looking.

-- Ron,R.A.Shepard Woodworking,Massachusetts

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#1 posted 01-27-2009 05:15 AM

Gorgeous Table.

Love the “Owl Face” and the choice of wood combinations!

Good Luck in the contest.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-27-2009 05:16 AM

Very nice work, thanks for posting

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#3 posted 01-27-2009 06:26 AM

the first thing i saw was woody woodpecker…nice work…beautiful

-- SurferMoefoe

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#4 posted 01-27-2009 06:45 AM

Very unique…beautiful wood..and great book matching.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#5 posted 01-27-2009 09:45 AM

That’s a great little table and the top is awesome too : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 01-27-2009 02:39 PM

Very nice, I love what nature can do, & you took advantage of its offer.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 01-27-2009 05:03 PM

wise old owl or evil mosquito? I’ll take the owl please!! :)

Nicely “seen” and created.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 01-27-2009 08:24 PM

With proboscis like that, I think it’s a MN Mosquito!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 01-27-2009 10:16 PM

Boy oh boy, that’s nice.


-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 01-28-2009 04:27 AM

Great job Ron. Excellent piece of wood.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 01-28-2009 04:09 PM

great way to showcase a cool looking board.

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#12 posted 02-10-2009 12:20 AM

Excellent use of what the tree provided! Inspirational.

-- David A. P. -- Ars Arboris ("Art of the Tree") --

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#13 posted 04-16-2009 03:18 AM

I love owls. That’s an owl if I ever saw one!

-- Scott

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#14 posted 03-13-2010 04:08 AM

I see the owl…really nice..

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#15 posted 03-13-2010 04:58 AM

Cool wood and very nice table


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