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Seem to be on a table binge lately….

First, a table made from 40-year-old cherry that I got when I was in my twenties - it's the last of the stash, and was in log form. I sliced it up and used the sapwood and all. It's limbwood from a cherry tree in CT where I grew up; the rest of the trunk was fantastic and made a lot of the furniture in our house.



and my in-laws needed some new tables to go with a media center I'd made for them, so I did three:



This was from an ancient tree that fell in El Dorado County about ten years ago, probably planted by an early settler a hundred and fifty or more years ago, but which fell in the heat. I resawed what I could with a 14" saw with riser and Lenox blade, sold the rest, and dried the cut wood until last year; I only have a few bits left. Good stuff. The drawer faces were a piece of birdseye, the surrounds are ebony, and the knobs are a brown ebony turned on a lathe that's older than I am.

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very beautiful table and very beautiful work
 

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those are beautiful tables and I really like the detail in your wood sources.
thanks for sharing.
 

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Matt,
Great story behind this furniture. These tables are beautiful, you did a great job on them. Very good build.
 

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welcome to lumberjocks Matt,... yer alright ! .... nice posting
 

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Beautiful tables, & great craftsmanship.
 

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Extremely nice. It must be great to take a project from fallen tree all the way to completion.
 

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Very nice looking tables Matt. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Stunning! -great craftsmanship & story behind the tables as well!
 

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Hi Matt;

I have to do that someday. I see guys using lumber they milled from a tree,
and some little voice inside is telling me to do that too.

Problem is, I can't tell if it's the little voice that gets me into trouble, or the other one!

Great tables, the story that goes with it and the design of them.

Very elegant.

Lee
 

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Nice, clear, sharp design. I love cherry and you have shown why.
 

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these are really nice and again the story behind the wood adds to the pieces. Which part of CT were you from ? I'm in Western MA , Springfield area .
 

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Very nice tables and thanks for the story behind the wood.
 

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Matt-

Those are wonderful tables, and realizing where the lumber came from, makes them even more precious.

Thanks for posting
 

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Great story snd great craftsmanship.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks so much for the comments.

All I can tell you is that milling stuff and making for yourself gets addictive…..this weekend, we start laying a new dining room floor made of local black acacia, australian blackwood, whatever you want to call it. Lovely stuff, finishes like koa, sturdy enough for a floor but nice looking too.

Dusty, I was from Northern Fairfield County, north of Danbury. I used to know a tree-guy from Springfield back when and used to drive there with a station wagon & chainsaw and fill it with freshly cut wood. Never underestimate the effect of a chainsaw brace made of 2×4 and a snap-line for getting reasonable boards….

Off to go get the T-nailer….
 

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Great job!

Thanks for the post

Callum
 
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