Scrub Oak Top for Treadle

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Project by scruboak51 posted 02-22-2015 09:31 PM 1850 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First major project after a bit of a hiatus from the hobby; a combination of being busy with the office job, busy working around the house and a focus on welding and fabrication.

I found this old treadle at a local church run thrift shops. At $50 it was a bit pricey; but here in Southern California, these are not easy to come by.

The top is scrub oak, (probably Quercus Xacutidens). It came from a tree on my property that burned and died in one of the large wildfires. It had been standing dead for a number of years before I decided to fell it and get the lumber milled.

This is my third piece of furniture from that tree. Nothing too complex about the construction. Used a router jig to flatten and get rid of the milling marks; then used my circular saw to joint the wood. The intent was for a reverse live edge. It took a bit too much out of the center, but that is how it goes sometimes.

For the finish, I sanded to 500 grit with an ROS, applied 2 coats of BLO, followed by a good 6 coats of wipe on poly. Felt good to be back in the shop and knock an easy project out.

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 10:01 PM

That’s really nice! Lucky you to snag that sewing treadle. I’ve been looking for one here locally in CO for a long time now. Love the look of the scrub oak and metal. That combination is always nice, especially when the metal is antique in design.

Nice job!

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 10:54 PM

looks really good

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#3 posted 02-23-2015 12:54 AM

Beautiful! That looks like what we Okies call quartersawn blackjack. Great ray fleck in yours!

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

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 03:07 AM

yeah, the book-matching is nice.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 03:45 AM

Nice work. My friend just pulled one of those from the scrap metal bin at the dump and wants me to make a similar top for it.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 07:53 PM

Such beautiful figure I love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#7 posted 02-23-2015 08:21 PM

I made a desk for my wife out of a treadle sewing base, but it sure didn’t have the character of that wood. Gorgeous pieces and love the bookmatch.

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#8 posted 02-24-2015 04:15 AM

Great job with a unique piece of wood. I also looked at your older project made from the same tree-equally awesome.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 02-26-2015 09:34 PM

I am making one of these for my wife for our anniversary. I honestly see the bases around Oklahoma City on a daily basis for about $25-$50 bucks. I had 2 offered to me for free, but I couldn’t pick them up in time.

Great looking table though. I really like that wood.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#10 posted 08-15-2015 06:07 AM

That is a nice repurposed table and amazing figure in the wood.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 01-27-2016 07:20 PM

That is a beautiful piece of wood!

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