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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
 

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Direct from Alaska

A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
How hard is it?.................Schloemoe
 

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Direct from Alaska

A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
I'd call it Western Red Cedar. How does it smell? You might have to scrape it.
 

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Direct from Alaska

A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
It's pretty hard. For comparison, it feels a lot like the pile of 50-year-old walnut I have.

After sniffing it I'm not sure if it is Cedar or not.. might be. It's a pleasant smell, the sort that would probably make for a really kickin' campfire (not that… I would ever… omg….)
 

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Direct from Alaska

A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
Spruce?

I only say this as there is a varient of it called Sitka Spruce, or obvious reasons.
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
From the pics it almost looks like burly red wood I really dought they have any of that up there…..........Schloemoe
 

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Direct from Alaska

A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
I believe it's called Free Wood :)
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
Sitka spruce is a good guess
 

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Direct from Alaska

A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
I would do a 3D carving something like this Moose and fill it with resin like this piece I did.
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
Yellow Cedar or Alaska Yellow Cedar or Callitropsis nootkatensis .
This species goes by many common names including Nootka Cypress, Yellow Cypress, and Alaska Cypress. Even
though it is not a true cedar, it is also often confusingly called "Nootka Cedar",
Nootka Cypress has extreme heartwood qualities that make this one of the most desired sources of heat on the west coast. A dead tree can last up to 100 years for firewood. This wood burns very hot and lasts a long time as embers.
"MAYBE"
"What do I know, I just make things with wood. Don't need a name to play with it !"
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
I think it is an Alaskan wood …. LOL. Now you will love the recycled wood… Your previous project "Cherry Clock", you were planning to look for barn wood. Now you found a better one unexpectedly….
But on your second question how to flatten it? .... Suggest you use your CNC or route it strait without deep cutting. But I think it is better to let the natural texture as it looks now and just carve something into it and that would be fine…. I am anxious to to see what it will be in the hands of a great woodworker and photographer …
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
I do believe it is Hard Beena
been a tree that is…
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
Related to hard Wunsa (once a tree)
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
Ahh, many jokesters.

I prefer to keep the tenor of these boards seriously intellectual.

Tysk, to answer your second question…send it on to me!

-Peter
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
What to do, what to do? One option could be a free form table, Here is one way to flatten with a router. http://lumberjocks.com/topics/45
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
Redwood congrats on the gift.
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
looks exactly like some slabs of redwood i had (and sold! unfortunately :-/), someone on here has some beautiful sculptures with it
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
tuuuuuut-tuuuuuuut congrat´s with the score Lis

Dennis
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
to my understanding, there are only a few REALLY plentiful trees in Alaska. The most plentiful in Sitka (if I remember from an old vacation) are Western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and red alder, and yellow cedar. here is a link to an alder page. the burliness has me thinking it's got a chance to be alder.

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/alder.htm

fort flattening, i think a router sled of some trpe could help. after that, sandpaper is the best bet for endgrain. this could make nice mantel clock face.
 

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A friend of mine up in Alaska is a big fan of my woodworking and got very excited when he found this piece of wood.. he sent it to me and it arrived in the mail today! Imagine my surprise when I opened my front door and there was this giant box between it and the screen door! Yay!



It is about 15×25" on the long sides and 2" thick. It's also very lightweight - only 8 pounds.

My friend has no idea what kind of wood it is (he is a mechanic :) ) Any suggestions? It came from the island of Sitka, Alaska, and was definitely grown there.



Close-up of the grain



Close up of the edge

The edges on this are really spectacular.



Of course I took some artistic photos of it too.









The last one, is the other side - it's very rough sawn. It sure is pretty!

Okay my questions are:

-What kind of wood is this?
-What should I do with it?
-What are the best options for making the top flat, smooth and pretty?

I could honestly take photos of wood all day long.. especially rough and gnarly pieces like this. It's just so beautiful.
It looks a lot like a stump wood cutoff from a piece of redwood driftwood. We used to use pieces that looked identical to your piece years ago as table tops.
I'm not up on my Alaskan geography, but I believe a piece of the state wanders pretty far south (Juneau?). While this is outside redwood's normal growing area, you will see an occasional tree thriving where it shouldn't be.
For example, we have walnut well into Minnesota, significantly north of where one expects it. We even have magnolias, although not many.
 
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