wtnhighlander

Endless oak

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Looks like if you cut into those slabs and the pieces start to warp or twist it's gonna be a bad day in Mr McCormicks shop. I wish you luck.  I had some 2 1/4" thick walnut slabs that were about 1 3/8 by the time I got them flat.

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Glad you got to meet Richard and vice versa. Glad for your sake, it wasn't " 5:00 p.m. somewhere":D!! Dude's a hoot! Looking forward to this journal Ross! Mind sharing what design you have planned? 

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Ken, I have a trestle design roughed out in sketchup. I'm no@denette, I just use it to check proportions and joinery fit. I'll try to export an image for you tomorrow, the laptop is offline for tge night!

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8 hours ago, wtnhighlander said:

Doubling as an emergency earthquake shelter.

LOL  I was gonna say there's a whole lotta meat in that table.  Gonna be a beast.  Could be a workbench.

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3 hours ago, Eric. said:

.  Could be a workbench.

Nah.  Now maybe if it were alder...

:D

Pretty cool pics Ross.  Looking forward to following this one.

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22 hours ago, wdwerker said:

I love the design !  I would join you to hide under that table when the New Madrid fault goes off again one day. Pretty sure that's the only fault close to either of us.  It had a little rumble when I was a kid and the only one home. Something fell off the mantle & broke. No one would belive me until the earthquake was on the news that night.

You must be a youngster, Werker!  I'm pretty sure I remember that tremblor as a sophomore in Urbana, Illinois.

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To Erik's point, I think I see twist in one of the slabs.  Maybe that part of the slab is a trestle?  This will be a lot of fun to follow.

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Yes, there is a bit of twist. But this is NOT actually a slab table. All of these pieces will be broken down into smaller components, which I think will flatten with minimal loss of thickness. The table top will actually be 3 pieces.

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Thats a nice looking design Ross.  I am looking forward to this.  Truck going to be in the driveway for a while?

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Thats a nice looking design Ross.  I am looking forward to this.  Truck going to be in the driveway for a while?

No longer than absolutely necessary!

 

I started breaking the slabs down into manageable chunks, but didn't have much time to work.

 

I needed a jigsaw to work around the odd layout, so I grabbed the Kobalt cordless seen in photo 1. Pretty impressed with it so far. A new Bosch 10 ppi blade produced the cross cut in photo 2.

 

Ripping is another matter....f0d3269864d52ae7665afeb4d23c192a.jpg00b08e7c475462e20a4856d5a2e05d3a.jpg

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Slowly "eating the elephant". Slab #1 went pretty well, but slab #2 is a bit thicker. Neither my circular saw nor my jig saw could make the rip cuts all the way through. That, combined with time lost to a mower breakdown, kept me from making much progress today.

 

Boy, does that oak have an 'interesting' aroma!285d28b73df9d2dd0d1d293df7e93598.jpg

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I know a lot of people here don't care for the smell of Red Oak but it is one of the smells that take me back to ninth grade shop.  It was a real common wood used back then for bigger projects.  Everytime I smell it being cut, I can picture the shop and almost everyone's project from that year.  Yea, I know, it's a little weird.

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