Keiyaki (Elm) and Epoxy End Tables

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Project by TheWoz posted 07-10-2019 12:38 PM 1034 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was gifted a couple of short Keiyaki boards (Japanese Zelkova) one with curl/burl/spalt. Had the idea to do a epoxy fill for stabilization and a river table. Bought the wrong epoxy (Total Boat Self Leveling) that can only be poured 1/8” at a time… and it took too too long to finish, but the results were really good!
Quite a few lessons learned on this one, primarily with finishing… I didn’t want the wood encased in Epoxy as I like a natural finish, but sanding high enough to remove swirls from the epoxy left the wood too polished to accept anything except BLO. These were wet sanded to 1200 and finished with four coats each of BLO… then sprayed with six coats of Gloss Poly with more wet sanding between.
Tried my hand at bending iron bar to match the hairpin legs, short work with a pipe bender (like it was made for it).
Finished with copper scones, dimmer switches and Edison bulbs.

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#1 posted 07-10-2019 12:42 PM

outsstanding !! real eye catchers

-- 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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#2 posted 07-10-2019 01:02 PM

Wow! Beautiful work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 07-10-2019 01:10 PM

Those are great looking tables. Nice job on them. I can only hope when I try one mine turns out that nice.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 07-10-2019 01:43 PM

Fantastic work

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#5 posted 07-10-2019 02:02 PM

wow that wood is surreal,just amazing really used those to their best high ligthing the wood.nice work woz.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 07-10-2019 02:48 PM

Wow! Really appreciate all the positive comments! Yeah, the swirly burl keiyaki board was just thrown in with some other material I bought. The Japanese sawyer didn’t see any value in it because of the deterioration… the epoxy reservoir in the front is pretty deep. Total probably took 24oz epoxy for just the burl piece plus some for the little river table. I just wanted it for an experiment, but am definitely going to up my epoxy game. I’m sitting on five 48” Spalted Japanese Plum (Ume) slabs with a 45deg bend in the middle that would equate to a pretty sexy horseshoe shaped bar top if they were filled with epoxy!

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#8 posted 07-10-2019 05:52 PM

Amazing result!!!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 07-10-2019 06:17 PM

Some realy cool stuff and combination of materials.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-11-2019 01:26 AM

Quite amazing to look at. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 07-11-2019 02:58 AM

Nicely done, Sir. Hard to tell my eyes where the wood stops there.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#12 posted 07-11-2019 10:51 AM

Absolutely beautiful!!!
“The Japanese sawyer didn’t see any value in it because of the deterioration…”
One man’s garbage… Great recycle!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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#13 posted 07-14-2019 06:39 AM

Cool designs and some very beautiful wood. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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