once in a lifetime, mango dining table

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Project by woodism posted 04-07-2010 08:32 AM 25205 views 110 times favorited 88 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grown on the north end of the big island of hawaii,,, a windstorm put it in the hands of my friend Richard King, who wrestled one perfect slab out of the log. Almost 8’ wide and almost 12’long 4” thick. The trees are very convouluted and not easy to cut. I just happened to have a request for a large table, talk about lucky.
It stayed remarkably stable while drying but also stayed insanely heavy. It’s been a real challenge figuring out how to move and flip this thing. I chose steel for the base so that I could ” float” the weight of this thing off of some 10×10 chocolate heart albezzia timbers. It’s neat to see this huge thing come down to a 1/4”beam line. The steel is a 4×12 cut in half and lacquered.

I feel incredibly lucky to have had a shot at this.

It will live just south of Carmel , California,, and will be on the boat tomorrow !


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#1 posted 04-07-2010 08:35 AM

Wow! idea what to say.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 09:25 AM

Yes what woodworm said – WOW!!!! It wasn’t as effective in the chair projects as I was paying more attention to the chairs, but everything about this table construction is amazing! I love the way you healed the splits and The legs are classy! Something to be very proud of. Personally I can’t imagine maneuvering that around…or paying for the shipping!


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#3 posted 04-07-2010 09:55 AM

This is INSANE ! WOW ! Love this ! Well done.

-- Don't complain about growing old, it's a priviledge denied many...

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 10:17 AM

Wow, I couldn’t stop looking at it! Great stuff.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 10:22 AM

I’ll be the heretic and vote for the base and not the top. The top is a spectacular piece of wood with which you were fortunate to work as you have already stated. But it came to you more or less as it is (sans butterflys).

I personally think that the base is bitchin’ and makes the whole thing work. I’m not usually a fan of slab tables but your pedestal design makes the whole thing come together.

Great piece of wood honored by an even greater design.

Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 10:29 AM

Awesome table. I would hate to have to move it though. Don’t know if California is a good home for it though, with all of the earthquakes, might be better here in Louisiana – hurricane would not have a chance of blowing that baby away.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 11:03 AM

Gulp! Don’t know what to say either. I hate to be paying for the table cause it is work a kings ransom! Would have made a great story to see how they cut this monster! How did you dry it, love the repair job on the top and base.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#8 posted 04-07-2010 11:54 AM

Could only dream of making and/or owning something this nice! WOW!!!! A+++++++++++++++++++++

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 04-07-2010 12:31 PM

Makes my eyes happy!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#10 posted 04-07-2010 12:46 PM

One of the coolest slab tables I have ever seen. You definately did it justice.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#11 posted 04-07-2010 01:16 PM


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#12 posted 04-07-2010 01:53 PM

That is truely an amazing piece of wood. I am at a loss for words just over the pictures. I could not imagin seeing it in real life. Thanks for the photos.

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#13 posted 04-07-2010 01:53 PM

You’d have to have a huge dining room! WOW!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 04-07-2010 01:53 PM

“are you kidding me???!!!!” that is extraordinary – the tree, the wood, the table.
oh and the synchronicity of events.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 04-07-2010 01:53 PM

Impressive material, workmanship, and beauty!

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