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I recently purchased an 11ft black walnut flitch slab for my fireplace mantel (will post at a later date) and had to cut it down a bit. So I had a ~34" piece left over and decided to start working on it to eventually turn it into some kind of little table. I never cut butterfly/bow ties before but figured I had nothing to lose trying it out so I took out the chisel and went to town. I made some templates, traced, and cut about an 1" or so deep and glued into place. They're not perfect but I'll take it for a first attempt at hand cutting.

I then filled all the bug/worm holes, and the rest of the crack, with West System Epoxy (filled in layers). I sanded the heck out of the piece with 60, 120, 220 and 320 grit and ended up with a nice smooth finish. Once complete I applied about 5 coats of Waterlox Original Sealer and now I have a finished product. Now to figure out what kind of legs to put on it.

Comments and critiques always welcome. =)

Edited….final pictures of the slab/table. Since I didn't want to purchase more walnut, I kept the legs fairly simple in design. I'm just a little mad at myself for messing up where the legs meet the top. I had some slight spaces in there so I mixed some walnut sawdust and glue to put in there, not thinking about how it was going to go into the pours of the wood like it did. Ooops. Another woodworking lesson learned. -)

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Really nice work Drew. There's nothing like a slow, meticulous hand working of a really good looking piece of wood. It just makes it that much better looking. Good job!!
 

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Beautiful wood. Great finish on it.
 

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Very nice
 

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Beautiful slab, man!
 

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Great job on making this slab special! Love the bowties!

I think the angled legs with small shelf ( like on my last project ) would look great with this slab.
 

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Thanks everyone. :)

Gfadvm..I'll check out your project to see that. Once I finish this fireplace I'm redoing ill work on some legs for this table.
 

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beautiful slab. Great job on the bowties and finish
 

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This is a great looking table. I love the walnut grain, your bow ties add interest. Unique, functional, sturdy looking legs. Good work!!!
 
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