southren red cedar table

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Project by tommylee posted 01-15-2011 06:31 PM 1500 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this was an old southren red cedar it was blown down on the north end of longboat key fl durning the no name storm in the mid 80’s i took the whole tree i chainsaw milled all the wood that was usable and was about to trash the stump but yall know how it is something about it caught my eye so it sat on a pallet under a drop for about 6 year’s then i started it i think i have used just about every tool i own on this base it probaly took me another 4 year’s to finish it. it was kinda my stress breaker but i did finally finish it i would just go work on it from time to time it’s 56 inch’s at it’s widest and weight’s in at about 350 lbs i probaly have over 300 man hr’s in it i had to start with a stump grinder with the stump chained to the front of my truck then many hr’s of pressure washing then another year drying then removeing the bark and the rest was alot of elbow grease altho i did not build this nature did i being a woodworker was amazed how muck of a challenge this was i ‘ve moved quite a few time’s it alway’s go’s with me i currently have a very old pecan stump from my front yard in punta gorda it was uprooted when hurricane charly tore threw it’s been drying for about 6 year’s now so i guess i should go out there and start that one

-- logic will get you from A to B imagination will take you everywhere a. einstein

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#1 posted 01-15-2011 06:50 PM

These are the kind of projects you just have to say wow! Man what a great table. It looks perfect to say the least. What did you come up with to make it level for the top to sit flush? This one to be proud of but now you need another stress breaker.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 01-15-2011 06:54 PM

Wow, great piece.

Interesting that something which looks so natural and perfect took so many hours. I think it is a sign of a great craftsman, you didn’t force anything, just let the tree speak.

Well done tommylee.

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#3 posted 01-15-2011 10:19 PM

Superb, beautiful, and demonstrating the best in you and the art of woodworking, taking something that would have otherwise been completely overlooked and turning it into something of lasting beauty and admiration. You and this wonderful piece are a real credit to the arts, thank you for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 11:16 PM

Great piece Tommy. Worth every effort you put in it for sure.

I saw a table with a base like this (not as fine though) on sale on a shop near my workplace here in Paris,France, and its cost was scarry.

(BTW a few breakpoints & carriage returns are nice to help make our writings easy on the eyes to read and understand. Just sayin’)

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 03:06 PM

thank,s alway’s nice to get good feed back . i apologize for my writing it’s harder than woodworking. and i know what you mean about scarry. my good friend frank who is an art dealer knew i had been working on this for some time . he called me from a art gallery in N.Y.C and said one not as big was in a store there. asking price 12k

-- logic will get you from A to B imagination will take you everywhere a. einstein

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 09:28 PM

Outstanding work. Looks great. It’s not easy working with natural stuff like that.

-- Galootish log blog,

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