Just one more ref gum hit!

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Project by Rob posted 09-09-2007 09:22 AM 1922 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just thought you’d like to see just one more red gum project. This is a shaker inspired design copied from a table I bought at Boston Interiors when I lived in Brookline MA few years back. The table from BI was a fine example of MDFiata poorlyvereerii. Unfortunately, I was a little lean with the top, so it looks a little bottom heavy (bit like me really!) But the top is, I think anyway a great example of highly figured red gum. The rails have real through tenons and wedges. (None of this cosmetic stuff for me mater!)

Redgum boy


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#1 posted 09-09-2007 11:25 AM

oh my … isn’t that gorgeous!!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-09-2007 01:35 PM

It is a a nice wood “t looks a little bottom heavy ” <laugh> that made me laugh , thanks ;)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 01:57 PM

Rob, I really like the grain and the way you finished it. Good job on the tenons. Gotta get me some Red Gum.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-09-2007 04:31 PM

Rob , very nice table. I wish we could find this wood in america.

-- bryano

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 09-09-2007 08:18 PM

Looks good to me (although I am from the Pear-shaped Tribe, myself)!
Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down.

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

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 10:28 PM

Beautiful table and wood. I wonder if Lyptus would be an alternative here in the USA since I believe they both come from Eucalyptus genus.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#7 posted 09-09-2007 10:39 PM

Great looking table. Love that grain in the top.

-- 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 09-10-2007 02:57 AM

Rob, don’t tell our US friends that this wood has been used extensively throughout Australia as fence post and railway sleepers (ties). You can pick this stuff up for the asking whenever old fences are replaced. It’s a beautiful wood, real dense and heavy with a specific gravity that usually means it won’t float.

Scopemonkey, almost all of the native timber in Australia is one variety of Eucalyptus or another. They vary greatly.

As for Lyptus, it is the trade name of a wood made from a hybrid of two species of Eucalyptus tree, Eucalyptus grandis and Eucalyptus urophylla. Developed for quick harvesting, and grown on plantations in Brazil, Lyptus is marketed as an environmentally friendly alternative to oak, cherry, mahogany, and other wood products that may be harvested from old growth forests. Lyptus trees can be harvested for lumber in approximately 15 years, much sooner than woods from cooler climates.

Lyptus is grown in plantations operated by Aracruz Celulose S.A., and is distributed in North America by Weyerhaeuser. The plantations are located in the Brazilian state of Bahia.

Aracruz has been criticized in the past for poor relations with indigenous peoples, by strongly supporting legal measures that would give Aracruz land previously designated for indigenous tribes. Aracruz has refused to certify their process with the Forest Stewardship Council and related forestry certification programs. Aracruz claims that they do not certify with current programs because they are too limiting, and do not represent realistic practices. However, others feel that their lack of certification is a sign that they are engaging in processes that may not be environmentally friendly.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 09-10-2007 03:49 AM

Mr Green (Don) Very nice looking table bloke, regardless where it came from a fencepost or Lyptus tree. Don just tries to confuse us Americans. I still don’t know if he lives in Canada or Australia. Maybe theres two of him. jockmike

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

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#10 posted 09-10-2007 06:40 AM

Rob -

Nice table! I like the figure of the red gum . . . I wish I lived where old fence posts could be turned into beautiful furniture!

Don your woodworking skills and depth of knowledge always amaze me!


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