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8 Slabs of 375 Year Old White Oak - Projects in Progress #1: Drying and Surfacing the Lumber

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Blog entry by Eric M. Saperstein posted 1113 days ago 3504 reads 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK – so this is going to be a series of unique projects … the material shown in the kiln is from a source we can not yet reveal … it’s a 375-400 year old white oak tree harvested from a historic location. We picked up the wood about two months ago milled but very wet. (20-30% moisture in some of them!)

It’s been properly kiln dried by our friends at Willard Brother’s lumber – and all but one slab has been surface prepped. The last one won’t fit in their equipment so we’re having it CNC milled to surface two faces.

Each slab below is being cataloged and inventoried, measured and spec’ed out to determine what its destiny will be. One actually split so nicely into three sections we’re thinking of doing a nesting table of three legged tables. One may be a server, one may be a desk, the rest tables of sorts.

Keep an eye on this blog series – it will take us some time to get these all processed through – hopefully we’ll have them done by fall. We’ll get closeups of the surfaces as we move them around.

At some point we will hopefully be able to reveal the source of the material! Until then it’s gonna just have to be a mystery!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com



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ShopTinker

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#1 posted 1113 days ago

Fascinating! I look forward to future posts.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#2 posted 928 days ago

The slabs are out of my shed – moved to storage w/ more room and we’re starting some designs. Hopefully within the next month or two we’ll get designs approved and move along on some projects.

Looks like at least one desk, a server, and a coffee table or two are in order – maybe a kids table, and a dining table? ... Lots of ideas … the slabs are a bit off shape though for what we’re hoping to do so we’re not sure if we change objectives or find a way to reshape the slabs.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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#3 posted 688 days ago

Looking forward to watching what you do with this.

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#4 posted 688 days ago

I’m jealous…..that’s a lot of beautiful wood! Can’t wait to see what you do with it!

-- Joe - - - something witty should go here - - -

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Eric M. Saperstein

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#5 posted 688 days ago

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/70794 – first one is finished.

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com

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