Looking for project suggestions for an awesome plank of pine

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Blog entry by Durnik150 posted 07-25-2009 09:21 AM 4246 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in the mountains this weekend and was driving down the highway just outside Estes Park (beautiful drive if you ever get to Colorado). I saw a shop with rustic furniture for sale outside. But what caught my eye were several HUGE planks of wood leaning against the building. I wasn’t sure if they were demo pieces or if he sold them separately.

I pulled in to the Pine Cone Furniture woodshop and asked about the planks out front. He said the big ones were on sale for $75 and the littler ones were on sale for $40. Seemed a little steep but I wanted to look a little closer. The board I liked was a full 25” across and 97” long. To top it off they were all 8/4 thickness. I calculated the board feet and came up with roughly 33.36 bf for the cost of $75. It was about $2.25 per board foot for some amazing wood. Very few knots with only a little loss on the edges since they were the wood just under the bark.

Now, here in Colorado we are suffering from a terrible pine beetle kill off. While it is terrible that these trees are dying, it makes finding good pine super easy. As a result of the beetle abuse, the dead wood takes on a blue stain that remains in the wood. Take a look at my Whale Box and my Pod box for illustrations of dramatic staining! So you end up with streaks and whole sections of wood that have built-in color. This was a Lodgpole Pine which means the grain is very straight with few imperfections. You can seen in the pictures that there is a wane in the plank. I don’t think it would detract from a big piece. If I split the board into smaller sections I may have to take that wane into account.

Now the problem. What do I do with a board this big? It begs to be a meeting/conference table but could also be a long coffee table with enough left over for a lamp table or two as well.

Thougts? Ideas? Recommendations? I’m listening.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 11:43 AM

You already built a lot of very beautiful boxes, mostly band-sawn. Don’t you want to try to make pine table? Would be nice if you could show us the picture of the big board.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 02:47 PM

Here in Michigan we get lots of the blue stain pine, If you don’t get it pickup of the ground and dried right away it will get the the fungus right away. make it look great.
Love the stuff

-- Doug Cedar Log Furniture,

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Kent Shepherd

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#3 posted 07-25-2009 05:48 PM

As great as your boxes are, I would think twice about reducing such a nice big slab to small pieces.
A table comes to mind first, or maybe a front door if you have the right equipment. The thickness works for that. Can’t wait to see what you do. It will be awesome!


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#4 posted 07-25-2009 06:37 PM

I second the coffee table/end tables. 24” (finished) would be a little thin but usuable; 96” is real long for a coffee table; 24” is kind of wide for end tables (unless your living room is a lot bigger than mine). Maybe a couple of end cuts on the 96” length would leave a decent length for the coffee table and two end tables.

Pictures didn’t show up so it is tough to say. How much would the wane affect all of this?

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 07:12 PM

I’d love to see a big table made from it. I think the straight grain and few imperfections would lead me in that direction.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 07-26-2009 01:47 AM

I’ll send you a PM with my ship to address, you can give it to me!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Don K.

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#7 posted 07-26-2009 01:53 AM

Matt beat me to it…I was going to suggest since you were having such a rough time deciding…to just let me handle it for

-- Don S.E. OK

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#8 posted 07-26-2009 02:08 AM

I say a big fish! See in my projects.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 05:06 AM

I’m going to try to import a couple photos from photobucket:

I hope this works. And I’ll keep my eyes open for more suggestions. Well, suggestons that don’t involve me shipping or giving away the board!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#10 posted 07-26-2009 05:10 AM

If ya cant find a project you could send it to me….....

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#11 posted 07-26-2009 05:14 AM

Good luck on your creation. I don’t have any suggestion in mind.

-- 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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#12 posted 07-26-2009 05:21 AM

Miles. Nice fish!! If I made a fish out of this board it would have to be a Marlin! I like the creativity though. Even if I decide on a table top for this piece there is nothing that says it has to be a rectangle! I might not go as far as making it fish shaped but your suggestion opens my eyes to that it doesn’t have to be a “normal” shape.

I definitely won’t cut it down to make boxes from it. I like the idea of the door although I would have to reinforce my hinges to hold it up. As it is now it weighs about 100 pounds! There are a few beetle tracks in there that I will have to take out but I don’t think it will be difficult.

Thanks everyone!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#13 posted 07-26-2009 02:28 PM

There are solid body guitar builders on the TeleCaster Forum that like pine for the bodies. Here are a few links with a bit of info.

If you make a few and don’t know what to do with them you could post them in the “For Sale” area.



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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#14 posted 07-26-2009 07:14 PM

Looks and sounds about the right size for a couch table – one that sits behind a couch. Nice find!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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