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What should I build with this???

by KomputerMan
posted 06-21-2013 09:15 PM

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#1 posted 06-21-2013 09:19 PM

quite amazing

I know I wouldn’t rush to make anything with it – I would wait until a project came where this would just be a natural fit.

or slice it to veneers for door panels for a cabinet, or boxes.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-21-2013 09:24 PM

Veneer seems like the only responsible use. It’s too remarkable not to utilize to the fullest.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#3 posted 06-21-2013 09:25 PM

Stunning – Lucky find !!!

I think it would look best left whole, maybe a kitchen table, or Coffee Table

We can always make wood smaller, but we can’t put it back together once its apart, (I am not talking about glues & hardwares)

As stated above don’t rush

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 06-21-2013 09:35 PM

You lucky dog! What I wouldn’t give for a piece like that. Truly beautiful. I’m of the same opinion that it should be kept whole.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 09:36 PM

Not a big fan of veneers myself… Then again the only time I use screws is when I’m attaching drawer glides or hinges. All other joinery is glue only. Guess that makes me a bit old school, which is weird because I am still kind of a novice.

The edges of this slab are the outside of the tree and it looks like it was burned a bit. Do I cut the edges off or use them in the design of whatever it is I build… Choices choices…

Sage advice on don’t rush to judgment… Thanks!!!

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 06-21-2013 10:51 PM

I am not a fan of veneer, but I think I would be looking down that road, maybe 1/4” veneer. That is an amazing slab, if it was free I have to say “you suck”

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#7 posted 06-21-2013 10:56 PM

Don’t do anything with it but send it to ME!

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 10:58 PM

I don’t think you can go wrong. If you hung it on the wall right now it would look great!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 11:16 PM

I would make some kind of table out of it, that would make a heck of a conversation piece. Please keep it whole, too many fine pieces of wood are lost to veneering.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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Bill White

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#10 posted 06-21-2013 11:47 PM

Dang!!! Blackcherry beat me to the donation segment of LJ.
We don’t have wood like that in Mississippi.
Oh well, snooze, ya loose, lose, loooooose, luze….....
Show us what you decide to do with that exceptional wood.


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#11 posted 06-21-2013 11:57 PM

Make a table with a French polish finish.

I concur with keeping it whole.

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Clint Searl

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#12 posted 06-22-2013 01:15 AM

Not to rain on your parade, but smearing it with oil was a mistake. Redwood deserves to display its beauty under a water white clear coat.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#13 posted 06-22-2013 01:28 AM

I’m not sure where you will find a bandsaw big enough to slice veneer from that (3 1/2 foot resaw capability).

It really wants to be a live edge table but realize that it will be pretty soft and will dent very easily.

That is a gorgeous piece of redwood!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 06-22-2013 01:34 AM

That is one NICE piece of wood. Please keep us posted on what you do with it. I would keep it whole.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#15 posted 06-22-2013 01:34 AM

If you can find an adequate band saw, I would suggest book matching it to make a dining table top or a small conference table if you have a need for one. Or as was previously suggested, hang it on a wall. It is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen.

-- Art

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#16 posted 06-22-2013 08:06 AM

Thank you all for the feedback!!! One thing’s for sure, I need to build something big out of it so veneer is out. But, I also want some smaller pieces for other projects too.

I am going to sand the entire side in the morning and will post pictures of it. I’ll apply some tung oil on it so I can get a total picture of what it is I am working with. When it comes time to finish it up right I will seek advice on the proper finish to use.

There is a ton of pressure associated with this slab though. First is I have never built anything with a live edge before and I feel like I need to keep the edge intact. Nor have I built anything out of a material like this before. Not that I am a religious man or anything like that, but I feel like this is like a gift from God. I wish I could take pictures that show its beauty or describe it better but I can’t. I can attest that the slab of wood is breathtaking in person though!!!

Talk about some serious pressure… I can’t screw this one up!!! I just hope, or is that wish, my woodworking skills were up to the task of doing this piece of wood right.

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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Monte Pittman

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#17 posted 06-22-2013 10:47 AM

For me, it would be split in half and become a table top. Epoxy coating for protection.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#18 posted 06-22-2013 12:39 PM

build a plywood box , put it in the box and ship it to me


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#19 posted 06-22-2013 03:24 PM

I think that you should get a good photograph of it to carry around with you. Keep it in the back of your mind for two or three weeks and what to do with it will pop into your mind sooner than you think. There’s no point in rushing it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Bill White

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#20 posted 06-22-2013 03:40 PM

I might add that I would fully consider the suggestion from Mr. Pintodeluxe. That would make a spectacular focal point wall hanging.


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#21 posted 06-22-2013 03:43 PM

I would certainly avoid putting more Tung oil on it. After you sand it you can just spray a little water or denatured alcohol on it to really see the grain.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#22 posted 06-22-2013 04:40 PM

I gotta agree with Richard on the Tung Oil. If you want to get an idea of what the grain really looks like, use mineral spirits or denatured alcohol. Both will highlight the grain and then evaporate after a few minutes like it was never there. No mess to deal with later. And yes, water will work too if you don’t have any DA or MS on hand. Takes longer to evaporate though.

That IS truly a beautiful piece too. Personally I think veneer makes sense for stuff this beautiful for the fact that it allows you to make more plentiful use of such a rare piece. But I totally get the desire to keep it whole too, especially considering its size. I don’t think anyone would fault you either way; just make sure you share with us the end result!

-- "If you can't do something smart, do something right." -- Sheppard Book

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#23 posted 06-23-2013 06:36 PM

Thanks for all of the replies!!! After spending a few hours alone with my wood… now now guys what I meant not what I said!!!... :O

Anyway I am beginning to formulate a plan as to what I will do with this remarkable slab of wood. I started a blog where I will describe what it is I am going to do with it and will continue to post as I start to cut it up.

Basically I don’t want to make it into veneer because well I don’t like veneer. To me veneer is what you do when you want to build something cheap. But I do want to share this wood with as many people as possible so that means multiple projects. At this time I am thinking with a little cutting and some resawing I can make two coffee tables with matching end tables, a headboard for my bed, turn a few candlestick holders, and build about five to eight smaller things like spice racks and jewelry boxes.

So if you want to see this thing get transformed follow my blog in the blog section!!!

Thanks again for all the feedback, and yes I know… I suck!!! But you would like to suck too so it’s all good… :)

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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