waterfall walnut

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Project by crossroad posted 04-12-2016 09:43 PM 1602 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at a waterfall leg and it was certainly a challenge, especially considering the slab is 9/4 walnut. I made the cuts with a rented 16” beam saw and used 10 staggered biscuits and epoxy on the joint, which isn’t perfect (but no one but me seems to notice.) The finish is 3 coats of arm-r-seal gloss followed by a final coat of arm-r-seal satin. Thanks for looking. Critiques welcome

-- "Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?"

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#1 posted 04-12-2016 11:50 PM

A big, beautiful walnut slab—I love it!

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

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#2 posted 04-13-2016 06:42 AM

Well done on the process and now a questionor two what is a 16” beam Saw?

Also Renting tools, so what are your impressions.
I would rent a digger to do trench work in the ground but I have never considered renting precision tools.

The joint would not have realised unless you mentioned it, plus it looks OK to me.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 04-13-2016 12:58 PM

Not sure what I am most impressed with…........the table or the green grass.
Well done on both projects.

-- "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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#4 posted 04-13-2016 01:26 PM

looks great beautiful work

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#5 posted 04-13-2016 04:46 PM

Looks good. Any trouble applying the arm-r-seal to such a big slab? I’ve been having trouble with it slumping around edges and getting tacky mid-finish.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 04-13-2016 05:55 PM

A beautiful piece of work.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#7 posted 04-13-2016 07:39 PM

Great piece, well done..

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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#8 posted 04-13-2016 08:29 PM

That is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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View crossroad's profile


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#9 posted 04-13-2016 10:09 PM

Thanks for the kind words, jocks. Allen, I had the same problem with Arm-R-Seal when I first tried it. I found that if you thin it 10-20% with MS and put on very thin coats, the problem was eliminated.
Robert, a 16” beam saw was my only option for cutting the 9/4 slab at 45 degrees so I rented it for 40 bucks It worked just ok plus it weighs a ton. A friend of mine just got a 12” worm-drive skil saw that I may try next time

-- "Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?"

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#10 posted 04-14-2016 02:18 PM

This one really made me scratch my head, Waterfall???? Your opening picture, the reflections in the finish makes it looks like it is hollowed out, I thought surely he is not going to put water in that. Very nice table.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 04-15-2016 09:48 AM

I have another final question relating to the 16” Beam saw

Does it have a circular saw blade meaning it looks like a huge circular saw or a chain and bar similar to a chain saw.

-- Regards Rob

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