Redwood - what to do?? #1: Thinking about an end table...

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Blog entry by brukilla posted 07-12-2009 05:50 PM 1281 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Wow!! I haven’t even set up my workshop, and my neighbor gave me a beatiful piece of redwood. This thing is over 30 yrs old. Just from my expressing interest in woodworking, he gave it too me. The piece, at it furthest dimensions, is 20”x17”x2”. My neighbor will also let me use his tools to get the project underway. He is a hobbyist that has done several pieces with the redwood over the past 30 years. He has taken a long break from woodworking, and I am thinking he is kickstarting my career in wordworking to reestablish his own passion. Anyways, I am thinking about doing a type of end table. I just got the piece last night, so I haven’t decided upon a style or an “exact” plan. If anybody saw the wood whisperer’s “end table”, that is somewhat what I am thinking. I want the top to be the focal point, but I want to challenge myself throughout the building process to gain skills in woodworking. If anybody has any ideas on how to plane, sand, and finish redwood, please let me know your experiences. Check out some pics of the piece.

-- "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

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#1 posted 07-12-2009 06:11 PM

Nice burl. When I was a kid those were a dime a dozen out here in California, now they are harder to find. My neighbor gave me one when I was in highschool, it took 3 of us to carry it to the school woodshop. I made 3 electric guitars out of it. Thats what I was into at the time. I think I still have 1 guitar body somewhere. Have fun with it.


-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#2 posted 07-13-2009 06:21 AM

cool wood

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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