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

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Project by middlevalleylumber posted 1706 days ago 8543 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 1706 days ago

Very cool top and wood very nice

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#2 posted 1706 days ago

ooooooooh my!! Isn’t this amazing!!

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#3 posted 1706 days ago

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 1706 days ago

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 1632 days ago

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 1587 days ago

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 333 days ago

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

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#8 posted 219 days ago

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

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