Cantilever Slab Project

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Cantilever Slab Project

Postby alpinebonsart » Fri Jan 23, 2009 12:59 pm

Hi to all the budding Bonsai-ists here . I have created a Cantilever slab for a Raft Style Group planting as per the inspiration i recieved from the Undergrounder in a previous Topic .I would never have thought of this idea without asking for inspiration from this Forum . Its amazing how a suggestion from a newcomer has motivated me to try the things that i thought only the Pro's could do .

Armed with 2 slabs of iron-stone i simply calculated the angle on which i would set the Raft slab and with an angle grinder cut a series of cuts in the Base slab . With the desired angle aquired , i then ground it to the desired depth checking the raft fitting as i went . Numerous adjustments were made to the width , depth and angle to get the end result .

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BASE SLAB FOR CANTILEVER
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SLAB FOR THE RAFT CANTILEVER


Trimming the raft was very easy , basically all that was required was to fit the heel of the raft into the circular carved groove in the base . I removed extra material around the base for a hollow pot type effect and cross hatched the surface to enable the roots and water to to spread evenly across the surface
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BASE SLAB AFTER CARVING MORTICE , BASE AND CROSS-HATCHING
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Re: Cantilever Slab Project

Postby alpinebonsart » Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:24 pm

With the base complete i continued on with the Raft removing a small section of stone for the trunk of the tree to fit into allowing for expansion of the trunk . Again i cross hatched the raft as per base to allow for water and root distibution . The end result was very appealing . I have chosen a Savin Juniper {Juniperus Sabina} to create the initial idea from Undergrounder to construct his computer sketch in a previous topic . It took a mere 20 minutes to fit the slabs together .Cheers
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RAFT SLAB WITH THE CHECKOUT FOR THE TRUNK AND CROSSHATCHING COMPLETE
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FRONT VIEW OF THE CANTILEVER SLAB
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REAR VIEW OF THE CANTILEVER SLAB
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Re: Cantilever Slab Project

Postby Pam » Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:30 pm

Hmm, Interesting! Can't wait to see it planted. :)
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Re: Cantilever Slab Project

Postby taffyman » Fri Jan 23, 2009 6:36 pm

Good 'How To' Alpine, be interesting to see how it develops (Y)
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Re: Cantilever Slab Project

Postby alpinebonsart » Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:24 pm

Pam wrote:Hmm, Interesting! Can't wait to see it planted. :)

Planting done will load some pics ASAP . Cheers
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Re: Cantilever Slab Project

Postby alpinebonsart » Fri Jan 23, 2009 10:25 pm

taffyman wrote:Good 'How To' Alpine, be interesting to see how it develops (Y)


Very happy with the end result taffyman .Cheers
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