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In this article we will look at the process of making a very interesting table.
The basis of this project is a cut of a tree, which is 270 million years old.
Yes, that's right, there is no mistake, the saw cut is really very ancient. Details will be available later, as well as during the manufacture of this table, the master will share quite interesting carpentry techniques and very non-standard solutions, in general, it will not do without a bucket of epoxy.
Further instructions are taken from the YouTube channel” Likhoy Topor “.
In order to pour epoxy somewhere, you first need to do it” somewhere “. Therefore, the first step is to make the formwork. A material called foamed PVC is perfect for this purpose.
The next step exactly in the center is to glue such a round made of plastic.
This plastic washer is glued with adhesive tape, as in the future it will be necessary to remove it from the fill and install a backlight in this place.
Foamed PVC is perfectly cut with ordinary scissors and this is definitely a plus. First we grab the sideboard with hot melt glue for rigidity, and when the formwork is already strictly in place, we coat the entire perimeter with silicone sealant.
As mentioned earlier, you will need to get out the round plastic blank. Therefore, the release agent in this case will definitely not be superfluous. We apply it and lightly distribute it over the surface.
According to the author's idea, the base should be black resin, it will act as a substrate. In this case, it is difficult to overdo it with the dye, so we don't really regret it, since the resin layer will be thin and I really would not like it to show through.
For this task, the author used a resin that polymerizes for a relatively short time. After mixing, we place the composition in a vacuum chamber, since even a few air bubbles will greatly spoil the whole picture, it is necessary to get a perfect black surface.
The next step is to pour epoxy resin into the previously prepared form.
After the vacuum chamber, the resin looks more like oil in appearance, and the master actually wanted to achieve this effect.
While the resin is drying, so as not to waste time, let's get down to the underframe. It will be simple, but very interesting. First of all, we drive the oak blocks through the planer.
The jointer allows you to ideally draw the plane, but it is already more difficult to make a couple of similar parts of this format on it, so the next step, when we already have two ideal sides, go to the planer. It is this machine that already allows you to issue absolutely identical workpieces in thickness, starting from the flat side, which we originally made on a planer machine.
As a result, we get 3 such blanks, which we cut to size and make a selection.
The next step, with the help of such a device (see the image below), we saw down the legs at the desired angle.
By the way, such adaptations are most often done for one operation and for a specific project. And in the end, such structures are used once, in this case, in order to make only three saws. But there is no other way.
The next step is to bring the sample to the ideal using a special cutter.
In order to attach the tabletop to the underframe, holes must be made. But it is clear that drilling the corner of the bar is not very convenient, so with a Japanese saw we make just such a selection and after this procedure you can drill.
The next step is to paint the legs. Since the top will be black, it was decided to make the legs dark as well. Apply the first layer of stain, and then cover the tree with oil.
I think everyone can handle this technology. The surface treated in this way is ultimately no different from professional varnishing.
In addition, the composition itself is very easy to apply, but the most important thing is that the oil is a natural material, and you do not have to breathe lacquer fumes that are harmful to health.
And now the highlight of the program, we pass to the most interesting. As previously reported, the main character of this project is such a saw cut of a petrified tree.
Yes, this is a real petrified tree and is about 270 million years old. You can buy such a saw cut in specialized companies. Each copy has a certificate of authenticity, as well as a unique number, which is entered into the registration database. This particular tree is called araucaria.
The place of discovery of this fossilized rock, and, most likely, of growth is Madagascar. Although 270 million years ago, most likely it was not called that. In general, this is a very interesting artifact, you can consider saw cut for hours. By the way, annual rings are clearly visible on the cut, just fantastic material, just a master's dream.
Below are the footage from the production where these wood samples are cut.
But let's get back to the project and continue to put the table together. As conceived by the author, in the end this saw cut should hover a little over the black layer. Therefore, at this stage it is necessary to glue these plexiglass supports to it.
Then we place the saw cut in the center of the future tabletop.
For the next step, we need 10 kilograms (literally a whole bucket) of epoxy resin. The author used a composition called Monolith 10 from Artline.
This composition can be poured with a large and even a huge layer without problems, and due to the rather long polymerization time, all air bubbles have time to leave the filling on their own, in a natural way. All of the above works as long as you do not pour this resin into any porous material. In this case, I repeat, a petrified tree is poured into resin, the age of which is approximately 270 million years, of course, there is no question of any porosity of the material here.
After that, we leave the pouring alone for a week, this is how much time is needed for the resin to fully polymerize. But let's not waste time, we will devote it to the final assembly of the underframe.
After 7 days, when the tabletop is completely dry, you can remove the formwork.
The next step is to turn the tabletop over and remove the plastic round from the center.
Mount a simple backlight on the vacant space.
The author decided to power the LED strip from a battery. Backlighting is done in order to put maximum emphasis on this very relic cut.
At the final stage, we attach the tabletop to the underframe and enjoy the result of the work done.
This is such an unusual piece of furniture as a result. That's all. Thank you for attention. Until next time!
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