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Hino

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Hi all,

I have been given an old oak shelf 1 5/8" thick by 38"x 16".

i would welcome any suggestions for a project. I have mainly hand tools, but have a festool track saw and a router.

see photos.

cheers.
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Fitzroy

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I love the grain in it, which makes me think it's elm not oak, and also cries out to be the top of a side table. It'd suit the one that Richard Maguire sells plans for.
 

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I'd probably go for a 16" x 16" side table top, and where the split is cut that into two charcuterie/cutting boards.
 

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I think a rustic Windsor bench would be in order. A couple butterflies across the crack. Get a bit more elm, make a back with spindles, turned legs, stretchers, a little sculpting of the seat and you have it.

Pete
 

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I think you'll be surprised how nice elm finishes with a sharp hand plane.
 

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I like the sound of the bench inspector mentioned.

My brother gave me 3 slabs of oak, been sitting in the shed for over a year.
Very heavy and have to move them all the time.
Only have an old beckum bandsaw so do not think it will cope cutting
them in half. its like cutting a brick with a hand saw...lol
 

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It's screaming out for some blue resin in that crack and a hairpin leg on each corner................
 

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I thought butterflies too, if your splitting off the whole half I wonder how the split would sit if placed back together? I recently joined a couple of sawn bits, biscuits and glue but I then ran the router along the joint which was a little rough and laid in a contrasting strip finished off with a couple of butterflies,,could a curved bit be let in in the same way,,,maybe by useing a template? Resin,,,blue or otherwise doesn't do it for me,,,but maybe the same could be said about butterflies too,,,
Steve.
 
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