The redwood burl ended up turning into a clock for my mom. She came out and stayed with us while my wife was on bed rest during the final few months of pregnancy. What better way to show my love and thanks than with a top end, nice clock. She loved it.
So, the redwood burl table was a no go, but I hope to still create a unique table with another at some point. I appreciated all the comments on this project, which took a serious turn.
-- "Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing." - Thomas Jefferson