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150 million years ago a creature bridging the gap between dinosaurs and birds fell to the ground, died, and was covered in layers of earth. Minerals replaced its bones over the millennium, forever preserving its form. After this unimaginably long rest people extracted this form, and digitized its image. Finally, in May of 2014, I placed a sheet of tracing paper over my monitor, captured the image of this fossilized creature, and recreated it in ebony and curly maple on the surface of a contemporary end table.

I do not give exact dimensions for this project as they are not critical, and can be approximated by someone attempting this build. Furthermore, I describe the steps in this build as I completed them, but multiple techniques to obtain the same result are possible. If you do not have a tool I use then focus only on the end result, and perhaps you'll find a different way to get there.

Step 1: Make Slats for Laminated Legs

The legs for the table start as 7/8" thick sapele that must be made into slats so that they can be glued together in a curved form. Dimension these slats for length on the miter saw, and width on the table saw. Glue these boards together in pairs of two with a piece of similarly dimensioned scrap wood in between. Next, dimension for thickness at the band saw, (the scrap wood in the middle allows for full use of the sapele without getting fingers or push sticks too close to the blade).

<p>Andrew, love what you are doing. You have mad skills!</p>
<p>First post and you're on the front page! :) Nice instructable!</p>
<p>And thanks to you for telling me about this site at WWIA!</p>
<p>This is so impressive! Very nice, all around. </p><p>And your shop has me super jealous! :)</p>
<p>Really cool idea for an inlay! I used to volunteer with the LA Natural History museum and those folks would be crazy about this!</p>
That is absolutely beautiful! I love the carving to simulate the excavation. What a mind to come up with this beauty!
<p>This is one of the most amazing projects I have ever seen here. Though...one of the projects I am not talented enough to reproduce.</p><p>Awesome job! </p>
You and your project are just awesome.
<p>Man, it's awesome!</p>
Well done!
<p>My goodness, that's beautiful. I'm not sure if you answered this in the video, but how many man hours did this take?</p>
Looks amazing
<p>Thanks!</p>

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