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Bookmatched Table Start to Finish . . .

I thought I would think long term and post the whole process of one of my projects. This thread will probably last a year, if the good Lord let's me last that long because that's how long it will take to make this table.
I sawed the top out today on the sawmill. I will update as things progress.

Phase One was logging the tree:
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And hauling it home . . . .
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And hauling it to the mill . . . . .
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Phase Two is sawing out the slabs:
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and deciding how to take the thrid side for the bookmatch. I am not always happy with how I choose but I like the way I did it this time. Nakashima might have left a little natural edge and opening in the middle and been able to make it look good but he is world class and I am a nobody so I did not attempt it.
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I will update as I go along.
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That is what is so cool about having a mill. When you make project it is "start to finish" literally. The only thing we could do is plant the tree seed to make it more complete. Felling/milling/drying/designing/building...adds another dimension to woodworking for sure.
Awesome red box elder btw.
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GIMMEEGIMMEEGIMMEEGIMMEE!!!!!!!!!! That stuff is gorgeous!!!!!!!
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Is that amount of astounding color a common occurrence around y'all? Up here we see a little bit now and then, but never anything like that.
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That is just beautiful, made my day can't wait to see more.

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Thats cool.
How much a board foot is that?
Has anybody else noticed that those two peices look like outstretched arms. Kinda creepy.

Did you say tool sale?
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Dumb question, but what kind of tree is that?
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Dumb question, but what kind of tree is that?
Not so dumb, not many people get to see it like that. Reread the thread and I call it (just because I have seen it in person from the "source"-- In the Deep South, along the West side of Northern Central East Texas )

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Has anybody else noticed that those two peices look like outstretched arms. Kinda creepy.
That's the first thing I saw too! I think I see eyes and fingers as well

Just beautiful figure in the wood. Great topic as well showing the entire process. Like he said it will take some time, but all good things are worth a wait.
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That looks like the fire monster in scooby doo:D.
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That looks like the fire monster in scooby doo:D.
Rut Roh Shaggy , I google searched all I could think of to come up with a picture, Richard is right.
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OOOOOOOOOOOOOOO that is stunning. The tree Goddess is alive!!!!

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That tree is a good tree it has good color change in it that table should be intersting when it is done.
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Cool

That wood is sure Beautiful!!

I guess you inject dyes, etc. into the trees as they are growing?

That's planning to the highest degree!

This is going to be fun watching you progress with this project!
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I guess you inject dyes, etc. into the trees as they are growing?
The "dye" is injected naturally Joe, by the Ambrosia Beetle. Without their participation there would be no red. Notice the red streaks occur only where there is an exit/entry hole from the beetle. Where there are red streaks but no apparent holes, rest assured there is a hole somewhere that you can't see.

I must admit though, there is some other phenomenon or combination of them that makes the box elder here in this one single patch, much more prolific and consistent than anywhere else on the planet so far as I have found. I cannot even find box elder anywhere in my own little county that has any red at all except for on this one particular acerage.

I think I have figured out why after much study and thought.
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Nice looking wood...
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