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Continuation of http://www.routerforums.com/table-mo...tml#post350159

This is a piece of redwood burl. 20in X 54in. 51cm X 137cm.
A fellow nearby put a FS up on another forum for a redwood slab. I PMd him, and picked it up the next day.
While there, he showed me his collection of antique, foot powered, machines.
c1850 lathes, with pedals like bikes, and seats of CI.
Rose lathes, for turning rosettes, medallions, etc, Beautiful collection.

He bought this redwood slab in Florida, 45 years ago. Finally figured he won't be doing anything with it. So, bird poop and all, I took it home.
It is quite a rare piece, and unique in that it resembles the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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Using a router planer I made just for this project, (link up-thread) an hour and a half or so later, I got the top side planed.
ROS w/ 80 grit, and more than the planing time, it's flat within 1/16in or 1.58mm.
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This should be really neat when finished!

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Good work.... beautiful wood. Keep us posted

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Still in the planning stages, I'm trying to figure out what to do with the edges.I've thought about trimming the bottom edges with some curly maple, or just veneer it with a 1/2" or 3/4" layer of maple. Route it to protect the slab edges. This would create a nice contrast in wood type.
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Hey Mike... I've passed up a few deals on redwood over the years, having read/heard on several occasions that it can be very difficult to work with. Particularly when it comes to tear out, even with hand tools. I'd be very interested in hearing how you find it to work with...

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I'm finding it to be a soft wood. With all the burl, it isn't taking a whole lot of effort to get the planing marks out of it.

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I've worked on some red cedar burls. Cedar is supposed to be a near cousin of redwood. You can leave the edges the way they are, if that fits with your end view of what it is supposed to look like. I've soaked the edges with finish, many heavy coats and they will stabilize (harden and be less prone to damage) to quite a degree and they even eventually start to look shiny. You would really have to butcher it to add an edge trim.

Bill, cedar is bad about tearout but usually only when routing across grain as when edge profiling. Working the face is usually pretty trouble free. Cedar, and I imagine redwood too, is very easy to carve and easy to sand and saw, but the knots are very hard and can chip router bits. Cedar can also can be quite gritty and can dull HSS tooling fairly quickly at times.

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I think you are working with a winner. I agree with Charles advice, leave the edges the way they are. I have seen tables, counter tops, and chair seats made of slabs with the edges left natural here in Japan, it seems to be popular. They all have a special natural feel to them.

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Mike/Charles... thank ya gentlemen..I may just have to give it a try. Love the look of the wood, especially figured. Perhaps a few small boxes to get a feel for it.

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