Wood Gloat #14: What to do with a slab of White Cedar?

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Blog entry by degoose posted 11-04-2010 07:45 AM 3028 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My good mate and fellow woodworker, Col, lobbed over yesterday with a small slab of White Cedar…

He wanted me to break it down and dress it up…2/3 for him and I keep 1/3… good deal…

The slab was just over 2 metres [6 feet] long and 50 mm [2 inches] thick and just wide enough to fit in my thickenesser.. ie 380 mm [or 15 inches] wide..

It was a good thing that the slab was both flat and straight… otherwise I would have had to take it over to the TWC to flatten one surface… my jointer is not that wide… but as I said flat and straight…

Since there were a few large cracks running through part of the slab, we decided that the best use for it was a few small boxes and a serving tray…..I cut it into more manageable pieces …

Here is a shot of the last piece I crosscut on my sled…

Even in the rough sawn state you can see the cathedral rays… nice bit of lumber…

After cross cutting… it went into the 15 inch Carb-a-tec Thicknesser … you can see from this shot the before and after ….went through it like butter…and revealed such a lovely grain.

There is also a good deal of spalting in the board..

Next step was to have a straight edge to reference from… so off to the jointer..

50 mm is a little thick … so now we slipped over to the bandsaw and did a quick resaw..

Sorry to scare you all… with photos of me.. and too lazy to change the blade so I did the resaw with the 1/4 inch blade that was on the bandsaw… took it slow and steady and did a fair job of it…

When I had finished with the resaw and run the boards through the thicknesser again… I laid them out and checked the book match….

A little Mineral Turpentine to bring out the grain and color… and another close up of the grain in the next photo..

A tiny bit of fiddleback… quilting… on the end…

I am thinking that this will be the perfect piece for the top of a small end table..

Stay tuned…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 09:30 AM

Great piece you got there Larry ;-)) No end grain boards :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 10:37 AM

Larry that is my favourite bit.
Planning a project to fit the wood and that will be a sweet project. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Gary Fixler

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 10:37 AM

Pretty stuff there, Larry! Makes me eager to find time for the shop again, hopefully soon!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 11:48 AM

Hey Larry,
That’s sweet looking timber mate.

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 12:03 PM

pretty!!!! never saw cedar like that. want to swap a slab with TBW?

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 12:31 PM

Very nice wood, Larry
that bookmatch is something else!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 01:47 PM

I been dabbling in resawing stock here lately and feel like they all are like a box of “Cracker Jacks” with some sort of neat prize waiting on the inside…lol

Good looking stock Larry! Look forward to seeing what comes of it….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 06:32 PM

Nice work, Larry.

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 07:28 PM

Beautiful wood Larry. I could hardly believe that you resawed that piece without a fence and got such a good result. It shows how practice makes perfect. Good work and good wood. That’s what it’s all about.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 11-04-2010 09:41 PM

Thanks every one…
Mike the photo did not show the fence… I am good but not that good… here is a pic of the Magswitch Resaw Fence…

The timber only connects to the fence at the roller bearings… this allows to adjust for drift…Makes resawing so easy… even I can do it…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 11-04-2010 09:47 PM

Nice Graining !!!

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

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matt garcia

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#12 posted 11-05-2010 01:38 AM

Gorgeous stuff!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 11-05-2010 06:41 AM

Very beautifull wood Larry.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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