|Project by scopemonkey||posted 09-08-2007 08:19 PM||1823 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
A friend of mine’s son had a large redwood tree go down on his property. He fortunately had it milled into very large pieces rather than cutting it up for firewood. I was fortunate to get some from him for free. These were 2 – 2.5 inch thick by 18” wide 6 – 8’ long timbers of clear heartwood. My wife had need for a hall table, so having the wood on hand, I decided to make the table out or redwood. Now this stuff is just this side of balsa wood as far as hardness goes, so I decided to use maple caps on the legs to put something hard where it meets the floor. This was a fun project as I had never worked with such large pieces of raw material. I got to break out the hand planes to flatten the large pieces (which also prompted a refresher on tuning up my hand planes and sharpening!) The top was made by resawing a selected piece that had cathedral grain on one edge and straight on the other and then bookmatched them. This also maxed out the resaw capacity of my bandsaw—good thing it is softwood. I’m going to cover the top with a piece of glass to protect it.
Raw material for Top:
Flattening w/hand plane:
-- GSY from N. Idaho