Thailand Burl Table

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Project by Douglas Krueger posted 03-16-2008 05:52 PM 3348 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a burl table made from a local Thailand tree called padoo. I was at a one man sawmill to get some padoo milled and this burl was offered to me free. The blond ring carries all the way up the tree and makes for some very unique patterns. The wood is definitely a hardwood and it took many hours of belt sanding starting with #36 grit and ending up with some #400 on the pad sander.

The base was cut from a dead stump next to a creek and am not sure what it is. It took lots of water to wash out the decades of sand and then was wire brushed extensively to remove the oxidation.

The top has about 10 coats of hand rubbed wax while the base was sprayed with several coats of clear lacquer. The whole thing was topped off with a custom cut plate 5/8 glass top. All told it was a 1.5 month project at a cost of about $75. I had hopped to get the base to come out with red tones as the wood had a deep chocolate red patina but it wanted to go dark with the lacquer so became Caramel on Liquorice.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 03-16-2008 05:59 PM

really unique project posting … you do nice work

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Douglas Krueger

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#2 posted 03-16-2008 06:36 PM

Thanks Dan, it was either create a table or do a painting and no matter how hard I tried my stick men just didn’t look right so the table won out.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#3 posted 03-16-2008 07:18 PM

That is a great table. Great job on fitting the glass to it’s shape.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-16-2008 07:39 PM

That is a stunner. I have to believe it is the topic of conversation when people walk into the room.

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#5 posted 03-16-2008 08:16 PM

This is a very unique and interesting project. And the price is right as well. I am sure that it is the focal point of the room.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-17-2008 01:35 AM

wow thats very original. i think it looks great. great job. thats very nice wood too.

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#7 posted 03-17-2008 10:15 AM

Beautiful looking table. Well done – bet there isn’t another of these sitting around anywhere. Very original work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Douglas Krueger

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#8 posted 03-17-2008 04:21 PM

Thanks for all the compliments, gives me incentive to do more.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 03:38 AM


-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#10 posted 07-21-2008 05:09 PM

Just came up on the spin the dice program here and I am so happy to have seen it….this is fantastic to say the least , and the colors are just awesome : ) thanks for posting this project !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 09-05-2008 05:36 PM

Wow, that is stunning! Very nice job, extremely creative. I really like the padoo and the custom glass top.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#12 posted 05-15-2017 10:52 AM

This is an outstanding table. I love the character of this piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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