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Blog entry by KomputerMan posted 06-23-2013 12:33 AM 1739 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m beginning to formulate a plan about how to use this remarkable wood. I am thinking I will turn it into several different items, some for sale, some for me, and some to give away. Because I don’t have a life I spent all morning cleaning 40 years of dirt and grime from the slab so I could see the total effect of what I am working with. This is what I have to play with!!! :)

I am going to use the live edge as the backdrop of my headboard. I’ve been mulling over a headboard design that incorporates an old west theme with facade fronts of a saloon, bank, store, and hotel. Problem is I needed some sort of backdrop behind the facades to pull the look off. The live edge of the slab reminds me of the Boise front (mountain range) so I am going to use it as the backdrop. I’ll add some low voltage lighting, use birch for the cabinetry, and various types of hardwood to create the facade fronts. I’ll add the TurnMe inlay (from as a pseudo sun / moon on the tall edge of the slab too.

This is another view of the edge that I will use as my headboard.

Question is can I resaw the live edge into two pieces without ruining the effect of the live edge. The thickness would be about an inch and 3/8 per slice if I do resaw it. I am a little hesitant to try because of this: and this. The quilting extending to the edge is pretty awesome to look at and even though it will be kind of hidden I don’t want to ruin the effect.

Then I am going to cut out and resaw this section of the wood into two slices and make a pair of coffee tables.

From this section of wood I repeat the steps above and make two matching end tables:

I should have a few smaller pieces of wood left over with so I can make a few smaller types of projects like a spice rack and a jewelry box or two. I also need to cut out a couple of chunks to throw on the lathe. I’ve just got to see what something turned out of this wood will look like!!!

Thoughts or comments???

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 04:33 PM

Quilted redwood? Regardless, it’s a stunning piece!

-- -=Pride is not a sin=-

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 06:48 PM

Yes it is curly / quilted redwood. It had been stored in an attic for over 40 years and now has found its way to me. Not sure how that happened but I’m not going to complain!!! :D

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 08:06 PM

Well, should you happen to have a couple of offcuts that you wouldn’t mind parting with, I’d be more than happy to take them off your hands. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on some figured redwood ever since I took a trip there a few years ago.

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