Saturday, March 5, 2016


Well it's been a while again sense I updated here.

Had a customer stop by and was interested in having a dinning room table made.
As we talked I learned they wanted sort of a rustic table with character
 and they would like it about 36" wide, no problem, and 10 feet long, Problem.
If the stock was available 10' in length,  that's doable, but the species of wood 
decided on was Turkey Oak, More on that in a second.
 The majority of hard woods in my shop are 8' in length, tho I do have longer in some species.
The Turkey Oak was 8' in length and random width, so I told them I could stretch it 
 to maybe 9' by doing a bread board end technique which they were happy with that.
  Now Turkey Oaks around here are mostly a scrawny/spindly Oak  that many people mistakenly call Blackjack, However Blackjacks tend to grow more from the panhandle north.
 The turkey Oaks tend to die out at around 6-8" in diameter or at an age of 30 - 50 years.
 I was able to acquire some Turkey oaks that were mill able which were 14" up to 18" and up to an age of around 125 years old. Oh and by the way, since they are so slow growing they have a very tight growth ring, and lots of character in the wood.
 Now all the joinery techniques were tongue and groove.
The legs were glued up to about 3" thick and then a slight taper cut on 2 sides
 to give them a bit of a splayed look.
 The table had a nice radius edge around the parameter and was sanded and ready for the customers finish.
Don't forget to click on the pictures to enlarge.