Table top ????

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Project by John Cleary posted 548 days ago 923 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this slice of oak on my wife’s parents farm awhile back.
It was in a ditch left out in the elements for at least 10 years.
There is a lot of different grain and colour in the wood.
The butterfly is Beech for contrast.
I only had to do some sanding, routing and apply a finish.
All in all it didn’t take long to do.

Not sure whether to make a table from it or a simple wall hanging feature.
Advise welcomed on any other options to do with it.
It’s 3ft long by 19ins.
I have an even longer piece 8ft by 19ins to work on in the future.

Turns out that its an off cut from the Dunbrody famine ship, that sits in New Ross port as a museum ( its a replica full size working boat) and reminder of awful decisions the people had to make in the 1840’s to seek out a better life in the New World or face death from starvation.
The ships were also nicknamed coffin ships as the mortality rate was very high on the perilous trip.

-- crumbs make bread--

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#1 posted 548 days ago

I would make a nice table out of it. What a wonderful find.

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#2 posted 548 days ago

Good save. Needs to be something.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 547 days ago

A table for sure and I would use beech for legs with tenons coming through to show on the top. Beautiful piece.

-- Tommy,

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#4 posted 547 days ago

Beautiful!! Well done, definitely make a table.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 547 days ago

beautiful piece

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#6 posted 545 days ago

Thank you for the comments.
Ghost5, I like your suggestion.

-- crumbs make bread--

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#7 posted 403 days ago

I think that since the piece has a bit of a history behind it, maybe you should go tour or re-tour the ship it came from. Pay attention to joinery styles you see on the ship itself and try to incorporate some of that into whatever this becomes. I may be a little late commenting, but if it is still waiting maybe that could give a little inspiration

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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