Burl Top side table

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Project by woodsman posted 05-17-2016 09:20 PM 1128 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased this elm Burl around 10 years ago and it has been in the wood shop for all of that time. Every time I ran across it I would get new ideas of what to build a base out of. I must have come up with 30 or so ideas but I did not love any (just a simple like.) My wife purchased for me a new Miller welder this past Chritmas and we were walking through the metal recycling yard here in Cedar City Utah. I looked in an old 55 gallon drum and saw a weird bent metal sticking out of the top. When I dug through the drum I found two more identical to the first. I knew this is what I had been looking for a decade now. The legs are some kind of track made out of heavy cast iron. I purchased all three. I took them home and welded them together. Getting a good solid weld on cast iron is tough but I Grew up under the tutelage of a great pipe-fitter/welder (My Grandfather Oscar Zylks) I sanded the Elm Bulr smooth with 120grit. Wet it and scraped the wood tags off. Went to 150, and finally 220. I did a home recipe for stain (Dye was involved.) I then put on seven coats of hand poly (0000 steel wool between each coat.) I was going to sale this item but was overruled, so far.

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#1 posted 05-18-2016 12:47 AM

Yeah I can see while you were overruled. That’s beautiful.

View Ivan's profile


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#2 posted 05-18-2016 12:17 PM

The proof that nature is some skilled woodworker too – beautiful live edge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-18-2016 02:00 PM

Unique and very cool.
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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#4 posted 05-18-2016 03:58 PM

This table is so beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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