Born Again oak tables.

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Project by Gord Graff posted 09-30-2007 01:49 PM 3181 views 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

A couple of years ago a friend of mine, Peter, came to me with a bunch of oak that had a wonderful history.
The story goes that a family member was in the wine making business and had got a 10’ tall 20’ diameter cask that was made in Europe in the 1920’s. The wood sat around for decades until it reached Peter’s hands. He in turn had made flooring out of it for several rooms of his home and offered me some of it. When I first saw it, the material didn’t look promising but with a little bit of hard work the results speak for themselves.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 09-30-2007 02:06 PM

Nice work and a good job of reclaiming. I’ll bet Mama is happy with the results.


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 09-30-2007 02:24 PM

You always amaze me Gord.
As always, an excellent result and great choice of design for the wood.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 09-30-2007 02:30 PM

That’s nice Stuff Gord. My wife’s got me looking for wine casks now!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#4 posted 09-30-2007 02:42 PM


REALLY nice work. Classic design. These are some of the nicest Stickley pieces, I’ve seen.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 09-30-2007 02:49 PM

That’s one might cask!... and I’m just hoping for a barrel or two to roll my way.

Great second life you’ve given that wood!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 09-30-2007 03:19 PM

unbelievable transformation.
gorgeous results!
how wide are those pieces of wood?

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

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Gord Graff

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#7 posted 09-30-2007 03:26 PM

Hello All,

Thanks so much for your kind words.
I would like to think that anyone given the chance at this material would have done the same thing.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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Gord Graff

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#8 posted 09-30-2007 03:45 PM

Hello MsDebbie,

The pieces measured between 4”-7” wide.
Thanks for your comments, I’m glad you like them.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#9 posted 09-30-2007 04:49 PM

wow….just amazing…wood really never dies does it??? or at least we can bring it back to life…amzing job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 09-30-2007 10:45 PM

Those are fantastic tables. Oak, in particular, just seems to get better with age.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Douglas Bordner

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#11 posted 09-30-2007 11:20 PM

Glorious set of tables.

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

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#12 posted 10-01-2007 12:09 AM

I love to take trash and make something beautiful out of it. I once built a plant stand out of a pallet!

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#13 posted 10-01-2007 01:20 AM

Beautiful tables! A great recovery

-- Spread love with our work

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#14 posted 10-01-2007 05:18 PM

Very nice. How did you deal with the checking in the wood? Did you just cut around it?

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Gord Graff

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#15 posted 10-01-2007 11:33 PM

Hi All,

Once again, thanks for your kind words.

Jon3, the wood was severly checked but thankfully it was an 1 1/2” thick so I had a lot of material to play with . The final thickness I milled the material to was 15/16”.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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