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Project by LoganN posted 01-06-2018 04:12 AM 2211 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine in CA (I’m in NY) wanted a desk top out of multiple species. We settled on maple, mahogany, ash, and walnut. I designed this look and came up with how to do it. I decided to add a 1/8” groove between each species to give it a distinctive look. I used an epoxy putty called Apoxie instead of traditional epoxy because of how thin the grooves were. It’s an interesting substance and I will definitely use it again.
I did a lot of research trying to find the best cost to ship this cross country and eventually found that UPS gave the best cost to deliver to their door. It was heavy as all get out though, as you can see in the last picture!





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JimRochester

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#1 posted 01-06-2018 06:37 AM

Damn that’s the biggest cutting board I’ve ever seen.

Nice job my friend.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 12:18 PM

Wow! That’s pretty interesting and unusual! Great idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Tennessee

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 01:08 PM

Pretty stunning!
When you created the wavy lines, did you use the double stacked through the bandsaw method, or did you do something else?
Also, the 1/8” line, really like that. Did you put a 1/16th on each edge before glue up or did you free hand the router through the wavy lines after glue up?

Love the result!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 02:09 PM



Pretty stunning!
When you created the wavy lines, did you use the double stacked through the bandsaw method, or did you do something else?
Also, the 1/8” line, really like that. Did you put a 1/16th on each edge before glue up or did you free hand the router through the wavy lines after glue up?

Love the result!

- Tennessee

That’s really neat. Like Tennessee, I’d like to hear some more on the how it was done.

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splintergroup

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#5 posted 01-06-2018 02:30 PM

Very cool freeform!
I’ve found that for heavy/large packages, freight is often the cheapest. Places like Forward Air operate from airports and do airport to airport deliveries for fairly cheap.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 01-06-2018 02:37 PM

Very attractive awesome looking desktop! Love the wave look! Nice job! I’m interested about how you went about making the top.
Thanks for sharing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 01-06-2018 03:21 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful desktop and you have done a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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LoganN

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#8 posted 01-06-2018 03:57 PM

Hi all – Thank you fornthe kind words! I wish I could have done this on the bandsaw, but these pieces are over 1.5” thick and started between 76-80” long. I did this the long, old fashioned, way – with lots of templates and router work.
1 First I made a template out of 1/4” ply. I traced the template onto the slab and cut it with my jigsaw
2. I used my router and a 2” bit and template to smooth outtake cut lines
3. I realized that the 1/4” template had way too much flex and found some long 3/4” boards in the shop and recut my templates
4. I screwed the boards to the bottom of the slabs after cutting the lines and used the templates to clean up the lines.
5. I used a card scraper and sandpaper to even out the spaces so that the joints were solid

I used the template and a guide bearing to cut the 1/8” groove after I glued the boards up. This kept the width of the lines consistent

And I looked into various shipping options – the freight options were over $400 coast to coast. UPS came in under $300!
I hope this helps!

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#9 posted 01-06-2018 04:00 PM

What a Fantastic and beautiful piece …. Great work

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#10 posted 01-06-2018 04:51 PM

not sure why this hasn’t been selected as a top 3, the uniqueness, craftsmanship and thinking outside the box are superb.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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ralbuck

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#11 posted 01-06-2018 05:15 PM



Damn that s the biggest cutting board I ve ever seen.

Nice job my friend.

- JimRochester


YUP!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Roger Gaborski

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#12 posted 01-06-2018 05:16 PM

Beautiful table
Roger

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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#13 posted 01-06-2018 05:18 PM

That’s really nice

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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DeLayne Peck

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#14 posted 01-06-2018 05:34 PM

Ditto to all of the above!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#15 posted 01-06-2018 05:48 PM

Unique design and well executed. Your entire portfolio of work is impressive.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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