I cut the edges, sanded, and oiled. This was just practice (will be used as a trivet). I’ve had this little branch set aside for just such a test for ages. @tam_a_ryn thanks wants an epoxy river coffee table for our living room. So hopefully I’ll be doing a real one in the not-too-distant future. I’ve worked with epoxy resin before in sculpting work. But never with wood or mica pigments. There’s a reason these have been so popular in woodworking for the past couple years. They’re fun to make, and pigmented resin almost always makes a beautiful accent to the wood.
They’re also stupid expensive to make.
I had a really old dry branch of
what I believe might be Osage Orange (or perhaps locust or something completely different). It’s mulberry. I decided to make a little trivet/serving board out of it so I can eat from hot dishes in my recliner. Most of its creation is detailed in the multi-image instagram post below. It turned out very functional and fairly beautiful – especially with the live edge.
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I had to wait for some glue to dry today on the lamp project. And the wife is out for ladies’ night. So I decided to make a hot plate/serving tray/cheesboard/whatever out of an old log I picked up out of a neighbors yard almost a year ago. The log looked old and gray when I found it and I’ve been wanting to see what it looks like inside for ages. Now that I built a straight edge jig, I had a way to give it flat sides so I could run it through the table saw. I just made a bunch of 0.5” thick strips and glued them together. That grain is poppin! I still don’t know what kind of wood it is. Thought? Maybe Osage orange. Or locust. Or something completely different. There’s no stain – the wood just has a beautiful yellow/orange hue after finishing with walnut oil.