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50" diameter double trunk butterflied end grain white oak tree table

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Project by middlevalleylumber posted 12-27-2009 07:41 PM 8911 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

*finished pictures yet to taken and posted

This is a 50” diameter end grain white oak slab, of two conjoined trees. It’s around 120 years old, and came off a property in Chester, NJ. The client was heavily landscaping their back yard and my buisness partner came in to do the initial logging. Some logs were sold, others were gathered for a custom flooring project to incorporate back into their home. The logs were sawn into 5/4” wide planks, air dried for two years, then subcontracted to a kiln in CT. After dried we milled the wood down into their flooring, yet to be installed.

This slab is the base of the biggest tree which we harvested for them. The base (not shown, yet to be photographed). This slab came from the very ground level. Above this slab, another 4’ tall section was saved. Now two years later after finishing up the table top, I took the 4’ tall x 4’ diameter chunk, and literaly carved back the growth rings to expose the younger tree, while exadgerating the root system a good bit.
It was fun chainsaw carving the base, but it must have been 95 degrees out in the summer sun!

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 07:43 PM

Very cool top and wood very nice

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 10:50 PM

ooooooooh my!! Isn’t this amazing!!

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#3 posted 12-28-2009 02:36 AM

That is one amazing slice of tree. Thanks for showing it.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#4 posted 12-28-2009 09:08 AM

Beautiful slab!!! I’ll bet it takes two men and a small boy to move it.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 02:43 PM

that’ REALLY sharp ! I’ll be seeing you when I get some extra money.. I’m not to far from you, blairstown.. Bill

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#6 posted 04-26-2010 03:44 AM

Beautiful slab! I’ve been trying a simular project, but don’t know much on how to dry the slab. They’re just sitting on stickers in the garage. I have a few oak slabs from my in-laws farm in Clinton and silver maple slab from our place. Are the dovetails put in after or before the cracks get too big? Thanks again for sharing.

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#7 posted 09-30-2013 06:15 PM

Your a lucky guy, beautiful slab! Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 05:13 PM

This is amazing! I look forward to the finished pics!

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