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Project by scopemonkey posted 09-08-2007 08:19 PM 1750 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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:

Top Resaw:

Finished Table:

Top:

End View:

Side View:

-- GSY from N. Idaho





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WayneC

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#1 posted 09-08-2007 08:24 PM

Very pretty table. The maple caps are interesting.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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MsDebbieP

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#2 posted 09-08-2007 08:47 PM

gosh this is magnificent. . magnificent!!
love the wood and the maple caps—brilliant.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bill

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#3 posted 09-08-2007 09:25 PM

Very nice work GSY. The table came out wonderful.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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CedarFreakCarl

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#4 posted 09-08-2007 10:58 PM

Beautiful…...nice tablesaw too.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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brunob

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#5 posted 09-08-2007 11:07 PM

I like the plane work. Takes real skill.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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JGardner23

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 12:27 AM

very nice! I love the design. And maple was a good choice for the feet i think.

-- Jason, Wood Working Has Taken Over My Life. And I Love It.

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Karson

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#7 posted 09-09-2007 01:10 AM

Great table . The bookmatching looks great. It has a nice figure. Good choice.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TomFran

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#8 posted 09-09-2007 01:13 AM

Really nice job!

I agree with the previous comment on the plane work. That takes skill, and sometimes, it’s the only way to get the job done.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Jeff

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#9 posted 09-09-2007 01:31 AM

Very nice looking paece that was some great work preparing the wood for use.

-- Jeff B.

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schroeder

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#10 posted 09-09-2007 03:22 AM

beautiful! – Wonderful craftsmanship!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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bryano

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#11 posted 09-09-2007 04:50 AM

beautiful grain patern throughout. nice job on the legs, Ilike the maple leg caps.

-- bryano

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Don

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#12 posted 09-09-2007 05:42 AM

Sequoia is a member of the Pine family. I had always thought it was a species of Cedar, but apparently not. It is beautiful, although quite soft.

My favorite wood, Huon Pine, is also very soft but beautiful to work and, like Redwood, the results as quite stunning.

You’ve don a marvelous job here, SM. I particularly like the book matched top. As other have noted, the Maple leg tips are a good idea.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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David

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#13 posted 09-10-2007 06:54 AM

What a beautiful pice of timber and a wonderful project! Very nice work!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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trifern

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#14 posted 06-14-2008 03:12 PM

Gorgeous table with clean design.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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jeanmarc

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#15 posted 08-09-2008 05:50 PM

Very nice work.beautiful

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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