So I have this old beam from an 18th century house....

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Blog entry by Transition posted 07-07-2011 05:54 PM 4497 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have this old beam (pictured) from an 18th century house in which an aquaintance grew up. I’d love to turn it into a gift for him and his new bride. I believe that the beam is red oak. It is 6”w x 3”d x 36”l (39” if you count the tenon). I was thinking of cutting off a slab, turning five 4” bowls/vessels from the rest, and displaying them on the slab. But I thought I’d post it and solicit suggestions. What would you do with this piece?

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 06:06 PM

My first reaction (apart from “beautiful !”) was that you’d almost HAVE TO turn it, unless you felt like chopping it up to make something like a gift box.

The alternative would be to make a larger project (any of 100 different kinds), and use this beautiful board for accent/inlay/marquetry.

Cool find !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 07:10 PM

Resaw it & turn it into a end table to be cherished for generations.

No Matter what it turns into, they will love it.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 07:18 PM

Resaw it and make a nce jewelry box for him to give to his girl.
Thats my choice anyway.

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 09:11 PM

resawn and made into a table top. anything less wouldn’t be appreciative of the wood. Use the tenon to fill the mortise in the same slab of wood with some wedges to keep it tight. :D

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#5 posted 07-07-2011 09:24 PM

Turn it! I have exaxctly the same size of wood three pieces my cousin gave me. One is a bit rotten I plan on turning away the rot and see if I can make 4 bowls anyway I suggest turning it what else could you use it for better? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 07-08-2011 01:59 AM

I think the bowls on a slab are a great idea. whatever you decide, I know it will be very good, and greatly appreciated from your friend and his new bride. I look forward to seeing the finished product/s

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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