This applewood slab was salvage from a three in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

It is common in urban trees to have metal nails and other foreign objects in the wood, causing damage to machines and other woodworking tools. That is the main reason many woodworkers would never consider using urban timber.

 

But this slab is truly exceptional as the with of the slab give us an idea of the with of the tree trunk, measuring 70” long X 27” wide X 2” thick fairly large apple tree. It also has its typical reddish tone and the black iron stains of the metal nails giving it a more dramatic character.

 

These are two examples of the foreign metal staining the wood. 



The other wood material I will be using in this project is Zebrawood. I chose this wood because the grain and colors are beautiful and elegant, they will compliment the rustic shape and colors of the slab top.





In my next posting I will show what it could be the final design for this project.

 

For those not familiar with my work, I usually follow the colors, grain and shape of the natural edge slabs and let these factors guide me throughout the project, my job is to compliment the live edge slab with an elegant base or body to create a well balance and functional piece of furniture with qualities that will last for generations. 

























At last I finished my jig to cut 45 degree mitres on 3" stock. 

 




And this is the results: Perfect joint!!!!









Next step is to make the second leg.







I'll be using this buffalo hide  to make the cushion for the bench.








Planed & sized material.

Air dried black walnut has more colours than the rainbow.

The short component is one of the bases  and the long is the top but it needs to be machined to receive a buffalo hide seatting cushion.

 

 


The idea for jointing the top and the base is by mitering the ends. let see how it goes on a 2.75" material.......


I've been saving this black walnut slab for more than 5 years as I did not have a  (good) design for it. Normaly I work with live-edge slabs but last month I came up with a design that I thingt made it worth keeping it for that long.




this slab was air dried for more than 8 years. 

 

Sunday April 19/15

Planed & sized material.