Urban logging #2: The start of some rustic cedar end tables

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Blog entry by Daren Nelson posted 09-03-2008 11:00 PM 5902 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a short piece of cedar log laying around I had saved for “something”, just not quite sure what at the time. It dawned on me today (between pouring rainstorms) to cut some small rustic table top slabs.

You can see I don’t stand the log straight up. I have cut many smaller pieces like this for game/fish mounts for a local taxidermist. I found if I cut them on a angle they do not check and bust open, they dry intact. It does make for a weird edge that needs softened/rounded over, but the plus side they are larger cut on a bias.

Cut 1 3/4” thick. You can see the 24” framing square in a couple of the pics. They are pretty decent size. I will let them dry awhile and make a base for a couple and sell a couple of the slabs to someone else to make whatever they want with theirs.

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#1 posted 09-03-2008 11:13 PM

Beautiful wood. They should make great table tops.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 09-04-2008 12:06 AM

Very cool! Looks fun.

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#3 posted 09-04-2008 12:51 AM

Cool stuff like always, Daren.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 09-04-2008 01:15 AM


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#5 posted 09-04-2008 01:33 AM

thats awesome wood! i would love to make a bowl out of that!

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#6 posted 09-04-2008 01:58 AM

tww, wow dude you just gave me an idea. I have smaller logs (this one was 20”+) that would make great turning rounds like you mentioned but too small for milling red heartwood wide lumber from. Cut in a straight end section, just a chunk off the log, they always crack while drying. But cut on an angle they should hold together ? I could cut some short sections 3”-4” and let them dry for turning. They may wobble on the lathe at first since they are oblong…but the grain would be killer turned. Eastern red cedar is a little tricky to turn because of the hard knots, but it just takes very sharp tools and no problem.

If it does not rain all day tomorrow like they are calling for you just gave me something to work on. Making some 10”-12” x 3” cedar bowl blanks !

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#7 posted 09-04-2008 02:31 AM

Daren: Great looking wood. I just picked up some cedar boards today at a friends home.

The log ends are great looking.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 09-04-2008 02:42 AM

Nice looking stack you got there Karson. I love cedar. I cut lumber when I can. Here is a little I have laying around.

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#9 posted 09-04-2008 02:55 AM

wow…amazing…just truly beautiful…

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#10 posted 09-04-2008 03:00 AM

Cedar days at LJ. Thanks for the post – those rounds are almost psychedelic.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#11 posted 09-04-2008 04:40 AM

oh my goodness , those look so awesome : ) I like the boards you are standing with as well…do you sell lumber , or just use what you saw ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 09-04-2008 07:20 AM

Beautiful wood, that will certainly make a fine table top.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#13 posted 09-04-2008 02:33 PM

I sell a little Dusty.

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#14 posted 09-04-2008 04:54 PM

Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#15 posted 11-12-2008 06:10 PM

Great, something new learned today for me. I have sawed using a Wood-Mizer for over ten years now and have not tried sawing at an angle. Thanks for the revelation! Sometimes you cannot see the obvious. I will try that this weekend and will post a picture or two! I’ve got a couple of short aromatic cedar and pecan logs laying around.

-- Fred, Georgia

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