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06-21-2013 09:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question curly redwood

So I just got this slab of wood last night. It is about 3 1/2 feet tall, 4 feet wide at the narrow portion, and 2 3/4 inches thick. I was told the slab had been sitting in an attic for over 40 years. It is curly redwood and is going to make something unbelievable. Question is what do I make with it???

Here is a close up of the grain pattern after I sanded a section and applied some tung oil:

This picture shows the size of the slab:

What would you build with this wood???

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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#1 posted 06-21-2013 09:19 PM

quite amazing

I know I wouldn’t rush to make anything with it – I would wait until a project came where this would just be a natural fit.

or slice it to veneers for door panels for a cabinet, or boxes.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 06-21-2013 09:24 PM

Veneer seems like the only responsible use. It’s too remarkable not to utilize to the fullest.

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#3 posted 06-21-2013 09:25 PM

Stunning – Lucky find !!!

I think it would look best left whole, maybe a kitchen table, or Coffee Table

We can always make wood smaller, but we can’t put it back together once its apart, (I am not talking about glues & hardwares)

As stated above don’t rush

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 06-21-2013 09:35 PM

You lucky dog! What I wouldn’t give for a piece like that. Truly beautiful. I’m of the same opinion that it should be kept whole.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 09:36 PM

Not a big fan of veneers myself… Then again the only time I use screws is when I’m attaching drawer glides or hinges. All other joinery is glue only. Guess that makes me a bit old school, which is weird because I am still kind of a novice.

The edges of this slab are the outside of the tree and it looks like it was burned a bit. Do I cut the edges off or use them in the design of whatever it is I build… Choices choices…

Sage advice on don’t rush to judgment… Thanks!!!

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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Shawn Masterson

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#6 posted 06-21-2013 10:51 PM

I am not a fan of veneer, but I think I would be looking down that road, maybe 1/4” veneer. That is an amazing slab, if it was free I have to say “you suck”

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#7 posted 06-21-2013 10:56 PM

Don’t do anything with it but send it to ME!

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#8 posted 06-21-2013 10:58 PM

I don’t think you can go wrong. If you hung it on the wall right now it would look great!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 06-21-2013 11:16 PM

I would make some kind of table out of it, that would make a heck of a conversation piece. Please keep it whole, too many fine pieces of wood are lost to veneering.

-- Fumbling and Bumbling Woodworking Todd

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#10 posted 06-21-2013 11:47 PM

Dang!!! Blackcherry beat me to the donation segment of LJ.
We don’t have wood like that in Mississippi.
Oh well, snooze, ya loose, lose, loooooose, luze….....
Show us what you decide to do with that exceptional wood.

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#11 posted 06-21-2013 11:57 PM

Make a table with a French polish finish.

I concur with keeping it whole.

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#12 posted 06-22-2013 01:15 AM

Not to rain on your parade, but smearing it with oil was a mistake. Redwood deserves to display its beauty under a water white clear coat.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#13 posted 06-22-2013 01:28 AM

I’m not sure where you will find a bandsaw big enough to slice veneer from that (3 1/2 foot resaw capability).

It really wants to be a live edge table but realize that it will be pretty soft and will dent very easily.

That is a gorgeous piece of redwood!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 06-22-2013 01:34 AM

That is one NICE piece of wood. Please keep us posted on what you do with it. I would keep it whole.

-- I've never been disappointed buying quality but I have been disappointed buying good enough.

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#15 posted 06-22-2013 01:34 AM

If you can find an adequate band saw, I would suggest book matching it to make a dining table top or a small conference table if you have a need for one. Or as was previously suggested, hang it on a wall. It is one of the most beautiful pieces I have ever seen.

-- Art

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