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Live Edge Beetle Kill Pine Table (first logging piece)

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Project by RockyBlue posted 02-14-2011 02:04 AM 8729 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is made from a Beetle Kill pine tree on our mining claim near Apex, Colorado. It stood above 10,500 ft when we cut it. The table was made for my Uncle and Aunt for thier 40th ann next week. He cut the tree down for me since my chiansaw pooped the bed, so he gets the first project from the slabs.This will be used as a sign-in table for their daycare in thier home. It stands 39” high, all pieces are 2” thick, and the body is 18” wide, about 13 deep. Finish is Watco natural danish oil and 3 coats of Diamond poly. ( I had to show off my newest toy in the last pic, a rockwell lathe.) We got the logs out in early october, right before the snow started acumulating. It snowed on us all day while cutting, but seeing the beautiful slabs made it all worth it. Once late june gets here, we can make it back in to get more logs.
THE STANDING DEAD TREE

LOG ABOUT 9’ LONG

AT HOME WITH A HEAVY TRAILER

AT THE MILL CUTTING IT INTO SLABS

MY LUMBER WAGON

THE SLAB IS ON THE RIGHT

I ALSO MADE A FRAME FOR A PAINTING COPY FROM THE SAME TREE
THIS IS MY FAMILY AT OUR HUNTING SPOT, I AM 3RD FROM RIGHT

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.coloradobeetlekillfurniture.com





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steliart

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 02:11 AM

Live edge projects are my favorites. Very well done!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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driftwoodhunter

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 02:15 AM

I really like this – all the branch protrusions and knots are great. The pics that tell the story from tree to finished project are a great idea and fun to see. Wonderful!

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Shawn K.

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 02:53 AM

Excellent work, It’s so good to see the beetle kill becoming something useful and beautiful, rather than just standing and waiting to fall.

-- -- Never entrust power to those who desire it.

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HRees

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 03:17 AM

Awesome. How and how long did you dry the wood? Do you expect a lot of movement in the wood when doing this kind of work? Sorry for the questions, but this is new to me (along with woodworking in general) and I really like it. Thanks.

-- Hoyt

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spunwood

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 03:32 AM

That frame is great. Love the knot in the upper right.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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RockyBlue

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#6 posted 02-14-2011 03:54 AM

HRees
I got in a hurry to use this one slab, but don’t expect it to move. Beetle Kill trees usually stand dead for a couple years and are mostly dry, so not many mills dry it. But all the other slabs I will wait 4-6 months just to be safe. The sad thing about the trees is they start to rot after 2 years standing and many are wasted.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.coloradobeetlekillfurniture.com

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mcjibbin

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#7 posted 02-14-2011 05:56 AM

Wow – that is truly beautiful wood. Very, very nice. Roughly how much does the mill charge to have that much lumber sawn? I have harvested my own wood, but just in very small quantities (and small pieces) that I could cut myself. I would definitely love to try something like that.

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~Julie~

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#8 posted 02-14-2011 07:09 PM

I love your style!!

We drove out there through Colorado and other states last summer and I couldn’t believe all the dead standing trees. It seems such a waste that they are not used for something.

P.S. Did you put a moisture meter on any of it?

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.ca

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