Great Lakes Freighter Table

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Project by RusticBuilder posted 12-04-2013 01:29 AM 1514 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live on an Island in lake Huron and see these ore ships all the time and thaught it would make a fantastic coffee table. Its made from cedar that when soaked in water for a brief period will bend so it a great material for forming odd shapes.

-- Kingoftheforest

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#1 posted 12-04-2013 01:33 AM

Very impressive boat.

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 02:46 AM

What a great looking table. I would like to hear more about bending the cedar. How thick are the boards and just how did you bend them?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 02:50 AM

Great ship …. great song …

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they called ‘Gitche Gumee’
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy
With a load of iron ore twenty-six thousand tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty.
That good ship and crew was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 03:29 AM

Great representation of the ore ships! When I first saw it, like Woodbridge, I thought to myself “it’s the Edmund Fitzgerald.” Bending the cedar is a great touch – real boat-building!

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 03:51 AM

This an AWESOME table. What island? My family has a place on Manitoulin.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 03:52 AM

Alexl, you beat me to it ;-) First thing I thought, Is that the Edmund Fitzgerald? Nice work. BTW, Welcome to LJ!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 01:33 PM

Thanks for the coments. I live about 75 miles from where it sunk (Edmund Fitzgerld) and remember the night it went down. I live on an Island and the high school is on the main land. We were all trapped there for the night with near huricain type winds and radio was reporting the possible sinking.

-- Kingoftheforest

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 03:31 PM

Great table idea, from the different positions of the life boats in the main post and pictures 5 and Six, it looks
like you may have built more than one of these. Welcome to Lumberjocks, and I also will have Gordon
Lightfoot’s version of The Edmund Fitzgerald running through my mind today as I wander out to the shop
with the outside thermometer reading 0 degress F. Thank you for sharing, and my packrat mind can not
help but think that a few drawers in that freighter would increase her capacity.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 04:14 PM

Love that song and Lake Superior. I spent a lot of time in Grand Marais MN. Used to go to a little diner that showed the location of the ship on a big mural on the wall. Oh, and that table is really cool. I bet it’s pretty rough out there right now.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 12-05-2013 12:46 AM

Outstanding project. Yep, how did you bend the cedar? I thought of the Edmund Fitzgerald when I was the title and picture.

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#11 posted 12-05-2013 01:40 AM

I cut the cedar to 1/4 in by 2 in. then soaked it for about an hour. Northern cedar can be used to weave baskets its so pliable after a short bath.

-- Kingoftheforest

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#12 posted 12-05-2013 03:58 AM

Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 12-07-2013 03:07 AM

I love this one!

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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