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Post  kauaibonsai on Sat Jul 06, 2013 9:54 am

recently acquired a 10 foot piece of beautifully figured maple.  laying out the plank to make best use of grain, and natural edges,  I am hoping to get at least 4 display slabs of different sizes and shapes from this wood.  pictured below is the first and largest piece cut from the plank.  about  6 inches of the edge is natural.  the rest has been created with tools.

best wishes,   sam

new slab blank just cut from mother plank    6 inches of natural knobby edge  trying to copy mother nature  creating interest all the way around.  sanded ready for stain, edges and top first coat top[/url ]first coat bottom  more color contrast edges  grain closeups[/url[/url[/url  several days dry time.  then finish coats.  more pictures, then.


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Re: new maple display slab.

Post  Leo Schordje on Sat Jul 06, 2013 6:04 pm

beautiful grain, lovely, wish I had a tree impressive enough to display on it.

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Post  kauaibonsai on Sun Jul 07, 2013 9:48 pm

thanks leo.  appreciate your comments.  sharing  pictures after first of many  coats of lacquer. the beauty of the wood exceeds expectations.

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grain detail. left, center, right side.  [/url[/url

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Post  Jesse McMahon on Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:34 pm

That's a beautiful piece of wood, and a very nice end result. Hoping you'll share some pictures of the other pieces as you get to them.

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Post  FrankP999 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:45 pm

Did you use a bandsaw or a planer?

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Post  kauaibonsai on Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:42 pm

thanks, J and frank.

yes, I will post other slabs in the days ahead. the wood was already rough sawed into planks about 1 inch thick. I had the vendor run it through his big planer several times to level the surface and acquire the desired thickness. in fact, I'm having the remainder of the plank further planed to .5 inch so the thickness is in proportion to the smaller slabs in the making.

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Post  stonener on Tue Jul 09, 2013 7:10 am

Aloha' Sam...cheers 
Awesome wood and even better craftsmanship!
Your bed of nails, and edge detail have answered two of my needs,
great ideas! first time ever seen nail bed! will be very useful for me!
Great pictures and effort to share your talented crafts with us newguys.
Thanks for the close up pictures on finishing edge way to look more natural.
I now thanks to you have a drying tool to make and carving technique to try,
as a beginner I appreciate your tips on methods used...Basketball 
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Post  kauaibonsai on Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:33 am

happy to share. good luck with your projects.

best wishes, sam

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Re: new maple display slab.

Post  dick benbow on Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:59 pm

mahoko

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more maple display slabs coming

Post  kauaibonsai on Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:08 am

the first slab  taken from the mother plank measured 37" X 14"  1.0".  pictured below is the remainder from which additional pieces are planned.  tentative  ideas for additional slabs are sketched on the wood - trying to use what remains to best advantage.  additional shots with captions follow the process from start through the first coat of stain.

best wishes,   sam

about 7 feet of wood remains.  some slab forms are drawn with a marking pen  

 before any cutting took place,  the plank was planed from 1 inch down to 1/2 " thickness so the new slabs would be thinner and lighter.  after drawing and redrawing different shapes on the wood, the harvest was 5 new slab blanks of various styles and dimensions  the most time consuming/difficult process is to create interesting

margins. as new ideas pop up, I try them out.  some work, most do not. the current edge design I like-until something better comes along.   here is a before margin texture and a couple of afters [/url[/url

next comes torching and wire brushing the edges,  then sanding flat surfaces with 4 grades of  sandpaper,  then a coat of stain.

ready for staining.

stained  [/url

more later

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Re: new maple display slab.

Post  John Quinn on Mon Jul 15, 2013 4:33 pm

Great results...will be a nice reference for folks looking for advice.

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Post  kauaibonsai on Mon Jul 15, 2013 9:51 pm

thanks, john

best wishes,  sam

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finishing newest display slabs

Post  kauaibonsai on Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:19 am

the newest batch of display slabs received a first finish coat of lacquer today-additional coats go on in the days to come.

best wishes,   sam
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individual pictures and dimensions

Post  kauaibonsai on Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:55 am

the slabs are far enough along to call them finished.  posting individual pictures and dimensions for reference.
interested?   send a PM.

best wishes,   sam

#1  large elongated slab.  26"X15"X0.5    #2  Largest slab.  37'X13"X1.0     #3  large oval  25"X11"X0.5     #4  small free form  11"X7"X0.5   #5   med.free form  12"X7"X0.5   #6  small elongated   17"X4"X0.5

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Post  Todd Ellis on Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:24 am

Sam, beautiful work and great tutorial. Thank you for sharing this!

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Post  kauaibonsai on Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:23 pm

thanks todd. these are available, if you know anyone who is interested.

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Re: new maple display slab.

Post  stonener on Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:03 am

Hey Sam!
you set the bar high! results clearly show the level of your expertise...ThumbsUp 
your overwhelmingly awesome results will be difficult to duplicate....Like a Star @ heaven 
But your great step by step instructions are truly inspiring to say the lest...Suspect 
I will give it a try and get back to you with my results...Basketball 
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Post  kauaibonsai on Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:07 am

wish you success

best wishes, sam

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