Tile-topped Oak Mission Table

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Project by dbkmd posted 2671 days ago 1647 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live on a farm in western Oregon with a grove of ancient oak trees on it. A few years ago one of the old giants gave up in a windstorm and assumed a horizontal position. We were able to salvage and kiln dry some lumber. This table is one of the products that I have come up with. Notice the spalting on the shelf and elsewhere. I’m pleased with the results. Now on to the next project. David

P.S. As far as finish goes, I just used some semi-gloss polyurethane with no stain. I didn’t want to take a chance on hiding the beautiful spalting and I wanted to use something that was quick and easy to apply because I’m also in the middle of building two (2) cribs. Busy, busy, busy. David

-- David

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#1 posted 2671 days ago

this is so beautiful .. so soft yet so strong. I love the top

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 2671 days ago

Very nice job David. This could be your Thorsen Table entry!

Did you finish the table, or leave it unfinished? I can not tell from the pictures.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 2671 days ago

Very nice styling and size. Its great when you can use wood that you were able to take from tree to finish…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 2671 days ago

I love spalted wood, and I love the project.

Welcome to LJ!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 2671 days ago

Finish? Nice wood. Nice project.

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#6 posted 2671 days ago

Yes, nice work David. And I’d be curious about the finish too. Love that spalted wood. Now that old tree will be around another hundred years… wonderful.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 2671 days ago

did you put a finish on this? its hard to tell, i love the spalted wood! you really can make something out of nothing! great job!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" (

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#8 posted 2671 days ago

you’ve given that mighty oak a new life… very nice.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#9 posted 2670 days ago

Beautiful wood put to excellent use!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Andy Rockhill

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#10 posted 2670 days ago

Beautiful table! That old oak is now in tree heaven… your home!

-- Andy from Madison,WI -- A student for life...

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