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The top is red oak left over from some I bought more than 20 years ago. I bought it because of the very curly grain which is unusual for red oak. Most of it became my dinning room table. The bloodwood disc was inlaid to replace a windshake crack that would not lay down no matter how I tried, so now it looks like a planet.
The legs are white oak that was taken from salvaged lumber. Because I wanted to keeps as much of the crazy grain, I did not straighten either edge, just left it as is. One end is an inch wider than the other, as are the legs.

-- Fredj

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#1 posted 07-19-2013 04:43 PM

That’s some of the prettier red oak that i’ve seen. Great use for it too.

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#2 posted 07-19-2013 07:45 PM

Thanks Marcus. I tend to get bored with red oak, but grain like that needs to be seen. Years ago, I worked at a place that made retail displays. We used lots of 5/4 red oak in “Bread Racks”. I saw about two feet of curly grained oak sticking out of a bundle of oak and asked the guys who made the racks to let me know when they got to it as I wanted to cut that off and use it. A month or two latter they got to it and the whole board had that grain as did two or three more, so I bought all of them with no idea of what I would use it for, two years latter most of it became my dinning room table, and now a coffee table/bench. Still have a few feet left. If it had gone on to being racks it would have been ripped to 2”, and by now thrown away by what ever retail store used it.

-- Fredj

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#3 posted 07-19-2013 08:32 PM

That’s awesome. And how did you end up keeping wood for 20 years? Or will I learn the answer to that as time goes by? LOL

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 09:08 PM

”Or will I learn the answer to that as time goes by?”

Have patience, Grasshopper… Patience. :-)

Neat table Fred. I like how you put the circles in the legs to draw the pieces together.

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#5 posted 07-20-2013 12:23 AM

I agree. That is some very special red oak.

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#6 posted 07-20-2013 12:23 AM

Angie, as to how I kept a board for 20 years, it may have well been longer. As I said before I bought the wood because of the grain, it was just too beautiful to let it fall into the wrong hands, it would have been cut up for bread racks ! I had it for a year or two before I saw it as a large table. That was when my son, who is 24 now, was small enough to get under it and ‘help’ me attach the top. Sometimes I get wood just because of how it looks, not sure of what I will do with it until the Muses tell me. As for that table/bench, I knew that board would be used in one full piece to show all it’s beauty, just had to see how. I love how wood looks, and I greatly love and respect what it comes from, trees. It’s a shame to cut them down to make so much of the junk we see as ‘furniture’. So I’m in no hurry when I buy wood just because of how it looks. Angie, if you have the chance to sort through lumber as randomly as I have you will see what I mean. It’s not always what you want to make, sometimes it’s finding how to express the beauty in what was once part of a tree. That’s what I love about woodworking. My ‘avatar’(spelling) that’s a burl on the trunk of a tree I saw while hiking.

-- Fredj

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#7 posted 07-20-2013 01:33 AM

I have some really cool wood sent to me by a LJ in Ca. that just hasn’t “spoken” to me yet. But at some point, it will!

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#8 posted 07-20-2013 11:11 AM

Nice bench…the wood is beautiful, great colouring.

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#9 posted 07-20-2013 05:52 PM


Nature can be pretty creative. We just have to keep our minds eye open. My uncle built a house from face matching knotty pine that came from packing crates in WWII. Tells me there is potential in all wood.

I have a sheet of pine plywood that has assisted in building a number of foundations. It sits outside and has turned some amazing colors. LOL! Hope I’m inspired before nature takes it back. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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