Table top ????

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Project by John Cleary posted 02-27-2013 10:07 PM 1494 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this slice of oak on my wife’s parents farm awhile back.
It was in a ditch left out in the elements for at least 10 years.
There is a lot of different grain and colour in the wood.
The butterfly is Beech for contrast.
I only had to do some sanding, routing and apply a finish.
All in all it didn’t take long to do.

Not sure whether to make a table from it or a simple wall hanging feature.
Advise welcomed on any other options to do with it.
It’s 3ft long by 19ins.
I have an even longer piece 8ft by 19ins to work on in the future.

Turns out that its an off cut from the Dunbrody famine ship, that sits in New Ross port as a museum ( its a replica full size working boat) and reminder of awful decisions the people had to make in the 1840’s to seek out a better life in the New World or face death from starvation.
The ships were also nicknamed coffin ships as the mortality rate was very high on the perilous trip.

-- crumbs make bread--

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#1 posted 02-27-2013 11:29 PM

I would make a nice table out of it. What a wonderful find.

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 02:49 AM

Good save. Needs to be something.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 11:13 AM

A table for sure and I would use beech for legs with tenons coming through to show on the top. Beautiful piece.

-- Tommy,

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#4 posted 02-28-2013 01:48 PM

Beautiful!! Well done, definitely make a table.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 02-28-2013 01:57 PM

beautiful piece

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 11:44 AM

Thank you for the comments.
Ghost5, I like your suggestion.

-- crumbs make bread--

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#7 posted 07-22-2013 04:17 PM

I think that since the piece has a bit of a history behind it, maybe you should go tour or re-tour the ship it came from. Pay attention to joinery styles you see on the ship itself and try to incorporate some of that into whatever this becomes. I may be a little late commenting, but if it is still waiting maybe that could give a little inspiration

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