Blue Glass Mulberry Wood Table

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About: I am a teacher who enjoys environmentally responsible woodworking. Most evenings will find me in the shop working with my now 8 year old son Shay who is both my greatest helper and biggest fan.

This was a project based around a specific slab of rare wood.  Finding Mulberry the size of these slabs in Montana requires decades and decades of ridged pruning to force the tree to stay low and get big.  Who knows how many pies this old girl provided her family before succumbing to old age.  This tree could have provided the filling for a pie used to welcome a serviceman home from WWII or even WWI.

The way it grew left large soft bark pockets in the slab which I popped out and replaced with opaque blue glass.  The mechanics of bringing what I envisioned in my head to reality was difficult.  I had to figure out some solutions to problems I had never seen before but it was a valuable learning experience.  I feel the results were worth it.

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    fretted

    6 years ago on Introduction

    To fix your bubbles in your epoxy mix 1 part elmers white glue with 5 parts water make it nice and milky watery thin then brush it on your wood and let each layer dry usually 3 or 4 coats will seal the wood so when you epoxy their are no escaping air bubbles .

    I know on cedar the glue helps hold the pinkish color of the wood but i would do test parts to see how the glue would change the underlying colors of different woods ...

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    paganwonder

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Awesome work! It looks like swirling water. Like how you "floated" a unique slab without losing all of it's character.

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    Rccoving

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love your Instructables and am digging the new table!