What do we do with this WOOD?! #1: Stage 1 - the aquisision of wood ...

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 06-10-2011 05:18 AM 5399 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So … a woodworker wandering around freely in a lumber yard is, as I’m sure all ya’all are acutely aware of, often an expensive expedition.

This past Tuesday I stopped into one of our local yards (Willard Brothers) to drop off a batch of quarter sawn white oak planks and about ten slabs from a 375+ year old tree … a rather covert project we kicked off a few weeks back. This material will be kiln dried and we’ll be processing it into a variety of custom hand made pieces.

We’re at the lumber yard, obviously we’re in the business of making things with wood so we had our shopping list ready. We got some soft maple for turning a few bench legs, picked out pine for a couple small signs, some quarter sawn sapele for a commission we’re just kicking off. This was all planned, budgeted, and we were ready to go. Of course we picked up some of their surplus cherry just cause it was there and the price was right.

The thing is – while we were there exploring we were introduced to this wonderfully figured slab of waterfall bubinga. Coming out at about 11’6” long by 3’ wide and a full 8/4 thick … how could we possibly resist?

It seems I just became the proud owner of this amazing specimen of exotic wood! So … now what?

IDK – obviously we’re not going to slice and dice it; it’ll be staying exactly the size it is. That leaves us with making a really cool table or some sort of crazy desk. I’m being dragged kicking and screaming by a friend of mine (Michael Peitras … you’ll see some of his work posted shortly …) into the modern world.

Keeping in mind I’m not going to go TOOOO crazy far; I like traditional furniture! However, it’s time to just for fun, and perhaps as a good speculation project, to go for something I’m just not so comfortable with!

Just for fun – I decided to post this photo along with the little blurb to see what ideas my fellow Lumberjocks would come up with ??? ... Have at it … let me have your thoughts!


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 06-10-2011 09:00 AM

place it where you can see it as you work on other things

maybe even take a nap on it from time to time
you never know

it may just ‘talk’ to you
and tell you what it is meant to be

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-10-2011 01:29 PM

Office Desk top, door, a background for pictures being placed on it with a light shining down on them (could get really art oriented with this), etc.

Are you going to re saw it? Wondered cause maybe you could turn it into a big dining room table.

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#3 posted 06-10-2011 01:45 PM

What color you going to paint it? Just kidding.
Nice specimen. I vote for desk top.

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#4 posted 06-10-2011 03:05 PM

Nice slabs Eric, i like to hand them on wall until needed. i love the bulls eyes, Here they use them as fire.

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#5 posted 06-10-2011 03:06 PM

I agree with Patron! Just lie on it & stare at the stars.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-10-2011 04:12 PM

I was thinking perhaps a desk – not sure how saleable that will be as a huge object.

We unfortunately do not have the space to hang it and stare at it.

Laying on it and pondering will probably happen as it will end up in the shop for a while and we’ll use it as a bench, bed, etc …

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#7 posted 06-10-2011 09:42 PM

I have a similar slab standing in a place of honor in my shop. We like looking at each other and by mutual consent decided that there is no rush to work each other :^)
It has been there for about a year already…..the time will come….

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 06-10-2011 10:20 PM

Wow worth a few shekels there what a nice piece of wood.I would love to have it and a dozen more LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 06-10-2011 10:23 PM

^I like Div’s advice. Let it get to know you and your shop. One day, it will tell you what to do;)
I would expect that anything you build with it would have to stay in the family.
I imagine the price tag for a desk made from it would be dizzying.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 06-11-2011 12:38 AM

This project we’re building ifor spec / just to expand the portfolio so it’ll be posted for sale, whatever it becomes … I’m shooting for something in the $10,000-$12,000 range.

I kinda like the desk idea, maybe a side-by-side partner configuration. We also are thinking about something obscure with acrylic or corian legs – not sure yet.

We’ll be in the pondering stage for a while!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#11 posted 07-21-2011 05:42 AM

Did it ever speak to you? still collecting saw dust?

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#12 posted 07-21-2011 05:50 AM

It’s actually still nested at the lumber yard – I bought it, but have no open space to bring it into the shop just yet. I have a trailer full of slabs of oak I have to stash somewhere and a few restoration deliveries to make before we can turn our attention towards this project.

Just couldn’t resist the slab – starting to think maybe some chairs made out of pear wood may go nice with it though.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 12:28 AM

I’ll post some more finished photos of the table shortly – gotta get the DVD from our photographer. Fun project!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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