8 Slabs of 375 Year Old White Oak - Projects in Progress

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Blog series by Eric M. Saperstein updated 07-11-2012 12:48 AM 3 parts 11115 reads 9 comments total

Part 1: Drying and Surfacing the Lumber

07-05-2011 07:04 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 5 comments »

OK – so this is going to be a series of unique projects … the material shown in the kiln is from a source we can not yet reveal … it’s a 375-400 year old white oak tree harvested from a historic location. We picked up the wood about two months ago milled but very wet. (20-30% moisture in some of them!) It’s been properly kiln dried by our friends at Willard Brother’s lumber – and all but one slab has been surface prepped. The last one won’...

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Part 2: The first slab is selected ...

03-30-2012 03:42 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 4 comments »

And we have our first of the 8 slabs of 375 year old white oak selected for a project – one simple coffee table matched with the legs shown in white oak. A basic square apron and single drawer. The bulk of the work comes in to deal with the punky wood – strengthening the surface and deciding what to keep and what to peal off around the edges. Then – its sanding, scraping, rubbing, and finishing! Given how much we have going on, not sure exactly when this will f...

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Part 3: Slab C Continues ...

07-11-2012 12:48 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 0 comments »

Progress is continuing along … The top is almost finished now. We’re working on the base, which is built less the drawer. Waiting on drawer slides to come in and some other misc components like leveling feet. We have plenty of nice antique oak knobs to put on the drawer. Mike is the butterfly genius on these projects! Hopefully this project will complete by month end!

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