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Scottish Oak Burl Table & American Cousin

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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 1093 days ago 1811 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well just another day in the office,
I made three Oak Puja/Prayer tables.
The one is Wild Scottish Oak with Burl (there were two, the missus snatched one for an order before I could get a picture) it is on the left.
Then the other is American White Oak, great to work with. Lovely knot free wood. It is ideal for mail order as the customer gets it flaw free.
They are machine M&T then 2”/50mm no10 screws at each joint. This may seem excessive, but it is the only way for shipping. I often think they play rugby with the boxes.
They are finished with mineral oil with the usual bits of wax & pure mineral turpentine. Oops! The Cousin has not got her coat on, look away. LoL

Picture 3 is Thembi, she is growing fast, loves all my tools. Tape measures are her specialty. However she wont turn her nose up at the odd pencil.

In the background there is an offcut of Burl Wyche Elm. It is screaming out to be used for something. Sorry guys it weighs about 20lbs.
Under that there is a plank of Green-heart, it was from the pier/jetty at Arran and was under water for many years. The outer layer is full of holes from various mollusks. Yet the timber is still sound. My Mum & Faither went to Arran on honeymoon so they must have stood on it. Might make a nice box for Mum’s Ashes.

I also fitted two Puppy gates today, I’ll spare you the details. Then I cut out a box and glued it up, something to play with over the weekend. :)

It is wonderful to have my energy back

Happy Easter to all those who celebrate it, I hope you get lots of Easter eggs.

jamie
very content in a warm yet dark Scotland

P.S.
Thank you for all the kid wishes

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 1093 days ago

Whoa, that scottish oak has some serious character to it! I love what you managed to get out of it.
And Thembi looks so lovely :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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lanwater

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#2 posted 1093 days ago

Happy easter Jamie,

I like the wild Scottish oak.

glad to meet Tembi. She is a happy camper.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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Bearpie

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#3 posted 1093 days ago

Aww, the dog is saying “Why do you leave me behind this fence?” Nice looking wood!

Erwin,Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 1093 days ago

She wakes me every morning with puppy kisses and follows me like a wee lamb
plus she is a great shop dog. :)

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 1093 days ago

Somehow, Tembi and the wild Scottish Oak have the same character….......hmmmmm? Perhaps, both are a bit unruly, but with a soft touch…....Tembi being the wetter of the two….....(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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mtnwild

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#6 posted 1093 days ago

Great dog, and that Scottish Oak is beautiful. Beautiful little table…..................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Vasko

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#7 posted 1093 days ago

Your puppy is growing into quite the beauty! Boxers are such lovely dogs…

As usual, I love the character in your work, you have a great eye for texture. That Scottish Oak and the burls is something. What a beautiful piece of wood. Sadly, all I can see in the finished bench is Homer Simpson! lol And many, many thanks for not showing anymore of those UGLY Red Stag antlers in the background! ; ) Glad you’re feeling better ~

PS – about the white oak being “flaw free”? I know a lot of customers feel that way, but I’ll take knots, voids, checks and all the other “defects” over plain wood any day. Good thing we all like different things!

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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Dusty56

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#8 posted 1092 days ago

Wonderful tables and Happy Easter to you and yours as well : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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mafe

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#9 posted 1092 days ago

Happy easter,
Thembi sure is wonderful, screaming for a big warm hug.
Love your tables so full of life, yet so simple.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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rivergirl

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#10 posted 1092 days ago

Lots of beautiful work here my friend. :) Especially the puppy gates LOL . (Look at the paws on that dog!!! she has grown so much!) I would need submarine doors to keep my “puppy” at bay- so I know the drill. Wish I could come to visit and you could teach me how to do those machine tenons.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Bluepine38

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#11 posted 1092 days ago

I love your idea of a day in the office, work a little with good wood, have a beautiful lady stop in to
sell some merchandise to pay the food bill, and take a little time to try to train the new shop dog. Or
is to let the new shop dog train me? I can never really figure that one out, almost as bad as having
the missus put up with us until we realize everything is almost perfect. Thank you for sharing, and
for once the sun in shining on the snowy mountains all around, and I just have to go play with some
tools and maybe some maple, walnut and mahogany.l

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Napoleon

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#12 posted 1092 days ago

Looking real nice Jamie, i love oak and the first one is so knotti and alive that i just expext it to talk to me :)

Your dog looks like it can make a loth of trouble like mine :) come to Denmark and bring it with you so it can play with my dog :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Jamie Speirs

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#13 posted 1091 days ago

Gus, I wake with a smile, that way I find lots more smiles. :)
Life is great, I’m very fortunate to have an understanding Wife.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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mafe

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#14 posted 1091 days ago

And your wife is really lucky to have you.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jack_T

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#15 posted 1091 days ago

Happy Easter.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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