Tile-topped Oak Mission Table

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Project by dbkmd posted 04-01-2007 06:37 PM 2139 views 6 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 04-01-2007 06:39 PM

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

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 04-01-2007 06:41 PM

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 04-01-2007 07:25 PM

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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#4 posted 04-01-2007 08:37 PM

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 04-01-2007 09:13 PM

Finish? Nice wood. Nice project.

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#6 posted 04-01-2007 10:26 PM

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 04-02-2007 12:09 AM

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 04-02-2007 02:07 AM

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 04-02-2007 04:00 PM

Beautiful wood put to excellent use!

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

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Andy Rockhill

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#10 posted 04-02-2007 05:36 PM

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

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

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