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Live Oak, Live Edge Dining Table

It’s a good thing I wasn’t in the shop the day a neighbor brought in some live oak slabs to have made into a dining table.

The wood was from a tree on their place lost in the flood of 2015. The slabs had been sawn, air dried, placed in a kiln for further drying, and planed. It had suffered severe cracking and was not yet dry enough to use. It looked like firewood to me.

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But Austin was in the shop. He designed a table and persisted until it was realized.

He first rough cut the parts: trestle ends, connecting rail, and the top. Let them acclimate a few weeks and then put them in our kiln. Getting all the water out revealed all the demons: more cracks, warp, cup, twist, and collapse.

The crotch cuts did suggest trestle ends. Epoxy, lots of epoxy and time, did fill the cracks. Finesse, ripping, and re-gluing got the top flat.

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Live oak is heavy. This made the process laborious and made a table that took four, with full effort, to load and deliver.

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“We are extremely pleased with the table. It is so much more than we ever imagined.”

|Wimberley, Texas

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"Better than I imagined." Gary Weeks