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Project by Paul Jenkins posted 05-07-2016 09:55 AM 1451 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Redgum is a native to the eastern side of Australia. Its a pretty hard/dense wood, though I don’t know if its E. camaldulensis, E. macrorhyncha, or E. tereticornis. One has a janka of 10kN, the other is 12kN. We Australians aren’t very good at naming things. Three different species known as redgum, though e. tereticornis is also known as forest red gum, bastard box, blue gum, flooded gum, grey gum, mountain gum, Queensland blue gum, red gum, red ironbark, red irongum and slaty gum”. Flooded gum? Oh yeah, thats actually E. Grandis, a softer species (5.6kN), but sure, lets just name it that as well.

Either way I’ve hurt my shoulder moving it today.

I know many don’t like the slab look, and I’m not 100% on it either, but my wife likes it and thats all that matters. I’m unlikely to do an endgrain choppingboard, so consider this my ‘everybody gets a free pass on the learning path’ thing.

Trying out a new-to-me finish, Osmo PolyX Oil. I like the look and feel. Its supposed to be suitable for dining tables and the like, and if true would mean I’d all but dump polyurethane from my library.

Video for those interested in the build process


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AZWoody

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#1 posted 05-07-2016 03:30 PM

Nice work. I am overloaded with slabs of Eucalyptus but here, where I am in Arizona, someone told me it’s generally known as Blue Gum. Very similar color to yours. I just call it Eucalyptus and leave it at that, haha.

I really like the design and might have to steal it from you :)

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Paul Jenkins

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#2 posted 05-07-2016 10:01 PM


I am overloaded with slabs of Eucalyptus

What a problem to have!


I just call it Eucalyptus and leave it at that, haha.

twitch You monster, there are over 800 species of eucalyptus! Looks like E. Camaldulensis, aka River Red Gum is pretty common in Arizona. I probably have E. Tereticornis (forest red gum), but grain/colour wise they’re pretty similar. Different parts of Australia call either one blue gum! Argh!

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-08-2016 12:13 AM

What a great table! I love the cantilevered leg as well as the spectacular wood choice. That leg is a perfect complement to the waterfall top. Wish that grew here!

And a cool looking cat.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 05-08-2016 12:55 AM

Man that’s an amazing slab! Great looking table, too!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 05-08-2016 04:05 AM

Pardon my French, but that’s pretty damn bad-ass.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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Paul Jenkins

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#6 posted 05-08-2016 05:01 AM


And a cool looking cat.

Loki is a bengal. They have an amazing temperament, very healthy and very intelligent, but they’re high maintenance – gotta play with him a minimum of an hour a day. As a cat guy, it isn’t the worst situation to be in ;)

Thanks @gfadvm. Can you imagine some Australians actually like to work with imported timbers like walnut? Yuck! ;)

Thanks @mean_dean, @josh

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#7 posted 05-08-2016 05:34 AM

That is one beautiful table.
At first glance it looks like a Flintstones ironing board.

Is it as heavy and massive as it appears?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Paul Jenkins

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#8 posted 05-08-2016 05:57 AM


Is it as heavy and massive as it appears?

Its certainly weighty – ~40-50kg (88lb-110lb) – redgum is very dense. Just shy of 400mm tall, and about 1000m long. ~45mm thick slab.

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#9 posted 05-08-2016 06:01 AM

thats kick ass my friend,the wood and your use of it-great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 05-08-2016 07:36 PM

Incredibly looking piece of wood. I like this corner joint (I don’t have a clue how you made it).

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Paul Jenkins

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#11 posted 05-08-2016 10:01 PM


Incredibly looking piece of wood. I like this corner joint (I don t have a clue how you made it).

- majuvla

Used my bosch tracksaw on a 45degree angle to mitre the two pieces, then a festool domino to give it a bit more strength. I think the epoxy alone would have been okay, but the dominoes stopped it from slipping at all. Used 45degree cauls to apply clamping pressure across the seam.

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crossroad

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#12 posted 05-09-2016 02:25 AM

What a spectacular looking slab. Love it! First I’ve heard of Osmo.

-- "Why am I soft in the middle when the rest of my life is so hard?"

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StLouisWoodworker

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#13 posted 05-12-2016 02:11 AM

Very nice board, very nice design and very nice work. I did something similar with a slab of Cuban mahogany, using mitered dovetails on the corner joint. See http://lumberjocks.com/projects/1883 .

-- Don Snyder (38.6N, 90.3W)

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