My last 2 projects for KOI Knives Australia

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Hi peoples,

Not a lot has been happening with my tree/woods salvaging but I was asked to do 2 projects from the Adelaide guys that I have been making the casting knife handles for some time.

The knife racks wall mounted and self-supporting with magnets and or without and more recently the chopping table where most of their knife videos will be made with. This table has a simple frame and drawers made from Macrocarpa wood stained and varnished in dark Walnut, the top/chopping board was made of 230 pieces of spalted Australia Casuarina from the family of Oaks so, very tough.

The pieces are 40mm square x 50mm tall so a total area of 900x400mm glued into a 12mm plywood board, all the joints were milled/routed with a 7mm round nose bit at a depth of about 1/2" and then filled with Epoxy resin matching the 6 main colours of the resin used on the knife handles and knife racks. The process of filling the grooves with the various colours was a slow/long process where the separation was necessary so hot glue gun was used to created barriers in-between colours with the obvious removal of the hot glue before the adjoining colour was added.

The cross-cut wood top had the outer edges rounded to enhance the groves shape and then a good soaking with super-thin CA to penetrate and seal the wood, the top was then sanded to remove the excess CA followed by a burnishing/polishing of the surface.

I think it came out OK, what do you guys think...?

Cheers
George
 

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Looks great George ! Ate they actually going to cut things on that table top ? I would think the appearance of the epoxy surface might be damaged .
Hi Wayne,

The chopping board top will not be used as much as it would be in a normal family house kitchen, this whole table was designed to act as a display surface for the video/photo production, however, there will be some very sharp knives cutting some tomatoes among other things at those videos so, is inevitable (and they know it) that after a while the surface may require a good sanding to remove damages and then polished again, the resin depth is about 1/2" so removing about 1mm on every restoration the top will last many years before the resin is all gone and after that, there will be still 1" 3/4 of wood to be used.

Cheers
George
 
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