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    Table tribute to my "threefathers"

    25 years ago my wife and I planted a lot of cypress trees here before we built our home.

    Last winter and the drought have contributed to a lot of standing dead and fallen Monterey and Sargent cypress trees, and a big, twin trunk oak. We have plenty of firewood, so I decided to try milling my own lumber.

    I bought a Granberg Alaskan milling attachment and ripping chain for my Husqvarna saw. For practice, I dropped a dead cypress by the driveway, maybe 18" diameter, and started milling.

    After 3 1" boards, I tried 2" slabs and got an OK book match from the wide end of the 2 of them. It wasn't a great match due to the width of the kerf the chain cut.

    Long story short, in honor of my father, and 2 grandfathers (hence the Threefathers), who all were skilled craftsman, I made a small table.



    We planted it, I felled and milled it, and made the table. All of the wood is from the same tree (top, legs, wedges and plugs), and the same 2 2" slabs. There is no metal hardware in it, just glue and finish.

    At first, I was going to Harbor Freight for a planer and plate joiner. Then, I remembered all of the high quality things those three men made with the few tools they had at hand. So, I sanded the top a lot, groove-and-splined the top halves, and cut the tenons with a hole saw. (Dad groove-and-splined with a table saw 1000s of board feet of 2" yellow pine for the floors in the house that he and Mom built 60 years ago. If it was good enough for him...)
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    Nice work. And I'm impressed at how you did it.
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    Beautiful work! I expect your family will treasure this for many future generations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLOweather View Post
    25 years ago my wife and I planted a lot of cypress trees here before we built our home.

    Last winter and the drought have contributed to a lot of standing dead and fallen Monterey and Sargent cypress trees, and a big, twin trunk oak. We have plenty of firewood, so I decided to try milling my own lumber.

    I bought a Granberg Alaskan milling attachment and ripping chain for my Husqvarna saw. For practice, I dropped a dead cypress by the driveway, maybe 18" diameter, and started milling.

    After 3 1" boards, I tried 2" slabs and got an OK book match from the wide end of the 2 of them. It wasn't a great match due to the width of the kerf the chain cut.

    Long story short, in honor of my father, and 2 grandfathers (hence the Threefathers), who all were skilled craftsman, I made a small table.




    We planted it, I felled and milled it, and made the table. All of the wood is from the same tree (top, legs, wedges and plugs), and the same 2 2" slabs. There is no metal hardware in it, just glue and finish.

    At first, I was going to Harbor Freight for a planer and plate joiner. Then, I remembered all of the high quality things those three men made with the few tools they had at hand. So, I sanded the top a lot, groove-and-splined the top halves, and cut the tenons with a hole saw. (Dad groove-and-splined with a table saw 1000s of board feet of 2" yellow pine for the floors in the house that he and Mom built 60 years ago. If it was good enough for him...)
    Superb job; the photos hardly do it justice!!!

    What a great tribute to your forefathers,

    Brian
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    Very nice.


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    Now that is P r e t t y ,very nice. Your dad and grandparents would be proud.


    What finish did you use on the top ?
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    Thanks, all!

    It's supposed to be a side table for the campsite down in our woods, so it has several coats of Penofin, an oil based finished, on it.


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    Now that is P r e t t y ,very nice. Your dad and grandparents would be proud.


    What finish did you use on the top ?
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    Beautiful job!
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    You just created a family heirloom. Thanks for sharing the pic and story of your beautiful table
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