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sirthinkalot

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02-26-2019 02:35 PM

Hi Everyone
Im working on a project and wondered if some hear might offer some insight?
Im making a “tree” to support a nice slab I have. Its made out of many 1/4” square strips bent and glued
together in the shape of a tree. The branches surround, protrude through, and support the slab.
As I have sanded and shaped various irregular grooves have resulted. This is what I originally wanted but
I’ m debating how to proceed. I can leave them as is and sand/finish etc. or I am toying with filling the grooves
in some ways. So I’m looking for suggestions… Fill or not fill ? And if so with what?
Any suggestions would be welcomed


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#1 posted 02-26-2019 02:47 PM

Need a pic.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#2 posted 02-26-2019 02:55 PM

Without some pictures, I wouldn’t want to express any opinions. However, even if I did, it would only be my opinion. If you were to post pictures you would get a variety of opinions that may or may not be consistent with your concept. You say “This is what I originally wanted”. I have done this many times; rethink my original concept. It doesn’t always work out for the best. My advice would be to not over think it. Usually sticking with your first thought is the best. Follow your original idea and if you are curious about how it might look done a different way, then build another one. Sounds like an interesting project. We would love to see some pictures when it is done.

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#3 posted 02-26-2019 03:08 PM

Sorry. My pics were in my preview of my post but didnt seem to go through. I will try again!
https://s3.amazonaws.com/vs-lumberjocks.com/pnjglln.jpg!

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#4 posted 02-26-2019 03:11 PM

One more ….

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#5 posted 02-26-2019 03:16 PM

Beautiful. Please post the finished project.

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#6 posted 02-26-2019 03:24 PM

JMO, leave the grooves. It looks fantastic as it is. Mother nature’s creations, as wonderful as they are, are not perfect to the eye.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 02-26-2019 03:26 PM

Yep – leave the grooves. Trust your original plan.

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#8 posted 02-26-2019 05:21 PM

There are at least two aspects to consider: aesthetics and structural integrity. Your question seems focused on aesthetics (what is pleasing to the eye), but you should also consider the weight being carried (the slab). Will it be stable, balanced, strong enough for the planned uses?

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#9 posted 02-26-2019 05:45 PM

i agree with phil it looks great as is but will it hold the slab that weighs ? it wont look good at all if it collapses.

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#10 posted 02-26-2019 08:11 PM



There are at least two aspects to consider: aesthetics and structural integrity. Your question seems focused on aesthetics (what is pleasing to the eye), but you should also consider the weight being carried (the slab). Will it be stable, balanced, strong enough for the planned uses?

- Phil32

I agree. That is a very important consideration. However. I don’t think that adding a filler will add much, if anything, to the structure unless the OP fills the grooves with a structural epoxy. Even then, I wonder how much strength it would add. I think the OP just needs to be careful that the top is not too heavy or that there are enough branches in the tree to support it.

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#11 posted 02-26-2019 11:05 PM

Thanks for all your thoughts. My tendency has been to to think that I would leave the grooves and based on the input that’s what I will do. Because of the number of grooves, and the anticipated massive amount of sanding to properly finish them I was shying away from trying a tinted epoxy. I just thought I would check around to see if the more experienced here might have other ideas. I think what I will do is soften the grooves by slightly rounding the edges and finish at that point. As far as the strength goes….. I designed the table to sit against a wall and as a result the top has a small flat side that will be mounted against a wall with a cleat so that will take a bit of the weight. But aside from that, the structure (other than the last few inches on each branch that are singular sticks of walnut)
is very rigid. I used a pre-catalyzed resin glue that hardens like a rock… I doubt if i could break any of the branches that are more than an inch in diameter. Thanks for the thoughts and input guys.

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