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Birch slab....what to do with it??????

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Blog entry by shavins posted 1040 days ago 1193 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,
I have this slab of Birch measuring 5 1/2 ft by 19” by 1 1/2 inches thick.
I rubbed it with some spirits to show the figure. I think it is a nice piece,
my question is how do I use it to maximise its figure and make something
of real personal value?? Any ideas or suggestions of any sort very welcome.
Thanks a mil…
Brian

-- shavins



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Dwain

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#1 posted 1040 days ago

My first two thoughts are workbench, and natural table top. I would think the table top would be the best option, taking advantage of that natural edge. I would hate to see such a nice slab cut up. There is a good write up in the most recent FineWW on working with slabs like this…

Good luck and post your results.

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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PurpLev

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#2 posted 1040 days ago

a (sitting) bench.

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

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 1040 days ago

I got a foot stool from Rivergirl and it looks great and I use it everyday because it is in front of my chair in the den. I don’t have a recliner but it has served me well and I love it. It’s beautiful and I love the way that she used rustic wood for the legs and runners that she went out into the woods and harvested. You could do the same. You look to have enough for two stools or a rustic bench. Either way you would have something that you will cherish; I know that I cherish my foot stool. The slab that she used was cherry. Maple is also beautiful to me also. I also think that it is something that you would enjoy making.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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shavins

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#4 posted 1040 days ago

Thanks a million guys, that is really helpful, my first thought was also a low table with natural edge, thanks for the advice and opinions!

-- shavins

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Timberwerks

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#5 posted 1040 days ago

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ShaneA

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#6 posted 1040 days ago

Another vote for small hall type bench.

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shavins

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#7 posted 1040 days ago

Thanks Timberwerks, been following your progress lately, if I manage anything like your little Walnut table it will be brilliant!Thanks Shane, its looking like its the winner!

-- shavins

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lilredweldingrod

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#8 posted 1040 days ago

If I may quote you…Any ideas or suggestions of any sort very welcome. Send it to me!!! lol

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RGtools

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#9 posted 1040 days ago

Looking at the figure I think you could achieve a very nice effect by re-sawing it for a bookmatched door on a cabinet with curved sides. That flare in the center could me made circular to enhance the design and the grain.

In other words…something Krenov might like.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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sras

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#10 posted 1040 days ago

Fireplace mantel comes to mind… Of course first you need a fireplace

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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tsangell

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#11 posted 1040 days ago

This begs to be bookmatched. I would say panels or drawer fronts for a cabinet.

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RGtools

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#12 posted 1040 days ago

Live edged book-matched coffee table top.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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chrisstef

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#13 posted 1039 days ago

id put it under my bed and lay on it until it talked to me.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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dbray45

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#14 posted 1039 days ago

Bathroom counter top with a pair of clear vessel sinks. Marine varnish, contrasting square legs or round, —its all good

-- David in Damascus, MD

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