We mulled around ideas for the slab and decided to make two tables--a buffet for Steph and an entry table for Vicki which required making three cuts in the slab. We had to improvise since we did not have a tool deep enough to cut through the slab. We first used the circular saw to cut as far through as we could.
After the first cut with the circular saw, we clamped a metal straight edge to the slab then used a reciprocating saw to cut through the piece using the previous cut and straight edge as a guide, AND it worked!
Then we sanded starting at 40 grit and moving to 220. As I sanded, I realized the back edge of the wood was dead and would not accept the stain well.
We decided to use the same technique to cut off the back four inches.
"We finished the top by cleaning with mineral spirits. The mineral spirits also gave us an idea of the natural color. We decided to stain since the finished look would have been on the orange side.
Minwax Special Walnut was our stain of choice.
We finished with three coats of polycrylic, which we sanded between coats."
"The top and bottom had wormholes, some of which, went through the entire piece. This made for a perfect opportunity to use epoxy with glow powder to fill them.
We prepped the slab for pouring epoxy by first covering the holes on the bottom side with painters' tape and then covering this with silver aluminum tape."
The epoxy is mixed in two part. Follow the manufacturer's instructions, exactly. We used a 1:4 radio of glow powder to epoxy- 1 oz powder to 4 oz epoxy.
We did several pours over the course of many days, waiting 24 hours between pours. Work slowly, clean up as you go.
Three-rod hairpin legs from Rockler were clamped and then screwed into place. These legs were the perfect choice.
We love how this table turned out! We haven't been able to get a good picture of it glowing blue at night but when we do we will add it to this post.
This table is perfect in an imperfect way! Because we didn't have specialized tools like a planner, the table is not a perfect thickness, but despite this, the table is strong, sturdy, and functions well.