The sister company to where I work is an arborist service, tree removals (sometimes), pruning, caring, fertilizing, risk management, etc. So I tend to get one of the first cracks at stuff that comes in. I was out looking at other logs they had brought in and noticed this guy sitting there. Fortunately it has just rained or else I would of missed it. The cross cut of the tree is what caught my eye. From a Maple tree that was starting to decay. Along the outer edge is some spalting too. Due to the way the hinge broke when cutting this down, I had to clean up the sides with several different sanding devices. Would of loved to keep it like it looked once the bark was removed. Some many ridges/ripples on there.
It wasn’t near a perfect thickness so a router sled had to be made. One one side it was close to 7.5” thick and on the other just under 4” thick. So I got a 2”x10”x8’ board to use as the sides. Once jointed and cut to size I began the long process of planing the top and then the other side.
Close to 5 hours later it was debarked, planed and rough sanded. This is what it looks like when misted with water.
This is the concept I am going for. 16” hairpin legs, probably black. Not sure on the finish yet though. Something that will pop the grain of the piece. I do have a thread going in the Finishing Forum.
-- Jim, Michigan