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    Box Elder Slab Table

    A little over a year ago I saw a big hunk of box elder stump in a local park. The shape intrigued me so I loaded it up and put it in the garage. (Pic 1) A few weeks later I found some legs from an old wood stove that used to be in my parents garage back in KS. (Pic 2)

    I waited about 11 months before I finished it all up last week. Pretty labor intensive...It took hours of power sanding to get the chainsaw marks smooth. About 3 hours to get the bark off. More power sanding to get the sides smooth and then hours and hours of hand sanding to get the surfaces ready for oil. Once the oil hit the wood I was pretty happy with the finish. There are red/pink streaks that are common with box elder and streak of flaming curl grain as well. The cracks with change over time and only add to the character of the table. I have a couple smaller pieces similar to this one that will become tables as well. One is already sold so I better get cracking on it soon!
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    Now that's one hunk of a table! I like it! I'm sure it was a lot of work getting it ready for finish, but the oil really seems to have brought out the color. Well done.
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    that's really cool Jeff!
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    I doubt that would move much in an earthquake or hurricane!

    Very interesting and unique piece!
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    Great concept and execution.
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    Thanks guys! The best part is that my wife likes it too!
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    well done jeff.. the best use of boxelder yet
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    Very cool, Jeff. From landfill to living room.
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    Beautiful!

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    Thanks again for the kind comments.

    Apparantly our dog, Susan, likes the taste of box elder as she knawed on a bark inclusion last night ...I can sand it out, but I hope she doesn't make a habit of it! Although, she only weighs 10lbs so it won't be a big problem if it does continue.
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