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All live-edge wood should be kiln dried or air dried (over a few months) before working with it. The wood I bought was kliln dried.
I have a Skil 1827 Plunge Router
My wife got the rug on Zulily, so it might be tricky to figure out where it came from. Sorry!
Annealed, not tempered. Tempered (i.e. safety) glass will shatter if you cut it conventionally.
Yes, this was certainly tricky. :-) I didn't use the glass that was going to fit inside the table as the template. I clamped the glass that I cut off to the table instead, and then was able to offset that a distance away from the edge where I wanted the inset to go, and then used that as the template. Does that make sense? Because it's the shape that matters though, not the spacing between the wood, it doesn't really matter either way. Cut the glass, use it to rout the wood, put in the glass inset and then mount the legs and supports so that it fits nicely together.
Nice media console! I think your glass can probably count as structural. :-P Thanks for the feedback, it certainly was a fun project.
Thanks! I did think about using resin actually, but decided against it for two reasons: 1) I wanted the river surface to be shiny and wasn't sure I would be able to get the same surface with resin, and 2) that would have required a lot of resin which I didn't have access to. :-) But it's definitely a valid concept!
Thanks! Using a sheet of rectangular glass at the top would work fine if you don't want to cut the glass and rout the inset. My advice would be to build in appropriate supports at the corners however to help keep the glass in place though.
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