Table Made From 500 year old Oak

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Project by Wheathills posted 02-06-2013 12:57 PM 11761 views 17 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1937 a 500 year old Oak tree blew over in Oxfordshire. The timber was planked and stacked for seasoning. Two generations passed and the forgotten timber was re-discovered during a retirement sale and purchased by ourselves.

The first plank has been used and inspired by an ancient staddle stone that stands outside Wheathills (staddle stones were what old barns, grain stores and the like sat on to help cut down damp and creature infestation)

Traditional techniques were used in making the table and Wheathills’ Cabinet Makers used Cabinet Scrapers to maintain the timber’s own contours and texture.

Some of the bark was excised to reveal the buds beneath, and in other areas strengthened with Conservation Resin. The objective was to retain the timber’s inherent appearance, even the ‘bark pocket’ within the board was conserved.

The slightly odd appearance of the table was further improved by the design that gave it the appearance of not being able to support itself. The table’s only leg was situated to the far right and a tennon supported the top that was jointed through the board with wedges of Walnut.

-- Wheathills, Derbyshire, UK,

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 01:01 PM

That is awesome. I really like the table by itself. Throw in some history and you have a real winner.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 01:30 PM

Love the design!

-- Dave in Minnesota - If it ain't broke, improve it!

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 02:17 PM

Wonderful piece of history and wood made into a very interesting table that will look very good in any
setting, but seems to be asking to be placed against an old wall in a well built house. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 02:47 PM

Exquisite! The wood still looks nice. You are a real history junkie that you embellished the wood and its natural characteristic came out. Good job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 02:48 PM

Magnificent piece and design. Very nice!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 02:58 PM

A work of art, love it.

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

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 03:03 PM

beautiful and artistic, a great looking table. I like how the angular base contrasts with the natural top.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 02-06-2013 04:48 PM

Beautiful design, and amazing story to go along with it. Makes the 100+ year-old barn beams I got my hands on last summer seem like they came from a sapling.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#10 posted 02-06-2013 04:50 PM

A beautiful piece enhanced by the history behind it. I also looked at your Memory Boxes – fantastic craftsmanship.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#11 posted 02-06-2013 06:53 PM

Very nice, a great design


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#12 posted 02-06-2013 09:42 PM

It’s excellent and the history is so rich! This wood needs someone like you to honor it.

Okay this must be the dumbest question but is the table secured to the wall or does it stand on its own?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#13 posted 02-06-2013 09:56 PM

Gorgeous! Both the wood and the table! And what a terrific design!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#15 posted 02-07-2013 02:15 AM

Very sculptural. Impressive.


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