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#1 posted 12-21-2014 08:41 PM

I was driving down the road one day. There was a piece of lumber that was causing havoc with traffic. Everyone was driving over it or trying to go around it. I thought it was a piece of construction shoring. I got fed up drove down the inside lane to move it off the road.

Surprize! It was a 10’x12”x1” (Full) piece of what I’m sure was Bush Cut Pine because of the Circular Saw marks on it.

Squeezed it into my car, Zoom home. Made a Sofa Table that had to match a 3 year old, 3 Board Top, Coffee Table (Full length Splines, connecting “Shelving Grade Pine”) Did 90% of it by hand. Carefully rounded the ends and edges (by hand) smoothed down the top to preserve the Circular Saw marks. You can see them but the top is like “Babies Bum”. It had some “Junk” on there that you’ve mentioned but it “Disappeared” after the sanding. Other than that, there was no special treatment to the Pine.

Finished with Minwax Provincial Pine Stain, that’s a minimal change in color, but had to match the Coffee Table. 4 coats of Satin Finish, Water Based poly brushed on, (I would not use a High Gloss if I was you, water, or oil based.) and that’s about it.

Pics are in order. 1: What’s left of Original Board showing tire tracks and a few “Open Knots”, 2: Finished Close up showing Saw Cuts, 3: Table in place in Living Room with Coffee Table and new Wall Niche.

Hope It Helps: Rick




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