In trying to look for inspiration in redwood table design, 99.99% of the pics had some kind of redwood trunk or burl as the base. I can’t afford to buy a base like that.
Is it completely unheard of to have a table base with actual legs with a redwood top. Personally, I am thinking a dark wood, as to not detract any attention from the redwood top. Plus, the black spots in the top would, in essence, make the dark base an afterthought. I still want to attempt some curves in the table legs and possible M&t or sliding dovetails for the table leg stretchers.
I am taking the tutorials for sketchup located at www.sketchupforwoodworkers.com so that I can design the piece before I get in there with my hands. Since this is my first design and piece that I am going to build, I want to make sure I have the details worked out.
I am still looking for any help with how to plane the redwood, as it is pretty rough with some sharp peaks and valleys (kind of like a bad resaw attempt) and get it smooth as silk. I want to avoid major chip outs and defecting the live edges.
Thanks to everybody so far; this site really is an inspiration. Plus, I hope I am getting the lingo down.
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