Mini-Slab (Natural Edge)

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Project by John Smith posted 03-28-2019 10:21 PM 1397 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have an Aunt that wants a centerpiece condiment tray for her
dining room table that will hold the regular salt, pepper, condiments, spices, etc.
The Olive Wood has a deep religious sentiment to her as she wants this to be the
focal point for a meeting with her fellow clergymen and dinner guests next month.
I purchased this small (20×8”) olive slab from a seller on Etsy. It was in pretty bad
shape with dirt and mold on it. (just the way we like it). after a couple hours soaking
in straight Clorox bleach, it was scrubbed with a bristle brush and allowed to air dry
in the Florida Sun for a couple of days to lighten the wood even more.
The small bowtie was truly not necessary. But just a small element of craftsmanship.
sanded down to 360 grit then 6 coats of brushed on oil based polyurethane, 24 hrs apart.
each new coat of poly was wet sanded by hand from 400 down to 1,000 grit and a
final coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax to finish it off.
I know it is not the giant slabs that are normally turned into fantastic table tops,
but, for the personal meaning, it carries just as much value to the family.
thank you for looking.

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#1 posted 03-28-2019 11:23 PM

A very nice piece that looks fine and will be USED!

Being useful always makes it a better project, to me.

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

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#2 posted 03-28-2019 11:46 PM

Beautiful piece. Olive wood is truly amazing to work with.

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

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John Smith

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 12:06 PM

this is how it looked when finished with 3 little legs.




-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#4 posted 08-20-2019 02:12 PM


I would have expected a raised edge of some time, so that when you pick the think up to clear the table, all the stuff won’t slide off. But that’s just a comment coming from a dad of 6 with 5 little ones at the table.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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