First table from oak struck by lightening

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Project by ProvidenceSC posted 11-21-2018 04:03 PM 1186 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been woodworking for a couple years now, this was my first big project.

The wife and I recently built a house, in the land clearing process I spotted a big red oak. I was planning on building my workshop beside it to block the hot South Carolina summer sun and a play area for my 2 year old daughter. After a big storm I went to look at the housespot and realized the big oak had been struck by lightning.

I cut it down and decided I liked it too much to just cut it up into firewood. I got the number for a local guy with a sawmill and loaded a 12 ft piece on a trailer. After getting it cut i found out how long it takes to air dry wood, haha. I knew the wife would want a table sooner than that. So, the father law and i came up with a plan to kiln dry it in one of his tobacco barns.

This was my first time planing and joining rough cut lumber and my first table top. I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. The wife has a dining room table and a few other furniture pieces planned for me, so all i need now is the time.

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#1 posted 11-21-2018 05:29 PM

nice build and great save although I would have preferred the base not white but if wifey is happy, so is everybody else. Still a real nice table.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 11-21-2018 09:11 PM

That top is knock out beautiful. Great job.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#3 posted 11-22-2018 01:37 AM

nice build and great save although I would have preferred the base not white but if wifey is happy, so is everybody else. Still a real nice table.

- recycle1943

Agree on the white part too.
Very pretty even with the paint.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 11-22-2018 02:21 AM

Thanks for the comments. I’m with y’all on the white paint, but the wife loves it. I figure I can always strip the paint, sand, and finish if she ever changes her mind

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#5 posted 11-22-2018 02:58 AM

Very Nice Project & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 11-22-2018 04:05 AM

Beautiful! Love the grain in the top. I love the knotty gnarly stuff the best. Awesome job!

-- Tim's Bored

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#7 posted 11-22-2018 03:09 PM

Beautiful wood, nice save!

(nice table too! 8^)

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#8 posted 11-22-2018 04:11 PM

Beautiful classic design…I like that legs section.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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