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oak for all the table hazel chair frames and oak for the seats


Cheers - unusual grain for oak and you've done something to smooth off the bark?



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Hows this for building in defects as fetures


Thanks for that picture it looks great.

It reminds me I have board of ash that,s 1m wide and 2m long and as flat as a pancake crying out to made into a table like that but I have shy'ed away from it so it has sat in my shed for 18years untouched. I am also interested how you get the bark neatly off to leave the waney edge. Do you hand plane a top like that or belt sand?


In general is it best to make speculative pieces to suit the wood you have or find the right piece for the orders you get as all my work to date has been commission's.

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apologies for the slight derail - question for Gray Git.

Looks like you still have the bark on the chair legs - if so, how have you finished it?

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Deft oak, I cut it down.

Belt sandre for the top then lots of hand work, bark shaped over with flap disk and draw knife to take the sharp edge off.

The chair legs are lightly sanded then teak oil and the bree wax to help seal them.

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Who are the best exponents of this style of work? books or websites :thumbup:


IMO one of the leaders was The Workshop of Tim Stead. Absolutely umbelievable work. If you can find a book called [ame=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Explorations-wood-furniture-sculpture-Stead/dp/0952820307]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Explorations-wood-furniture-sculpture-Stead/dp/0952820307[/ame] you could do a hell of a lot worse. I have sadly lent my copy and it is very hard to find now, but awe inspiring. :001_smile:

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In my opinion Tim Stead did this kind of thing better than anyone The Workshop of Tim Stead


Beat me to it lol:thumbup1:

Bit of a hero of mine- IMO the master at this. Sadly no longer with us :( He influenced me alot.

This was my oak tabletop when i had just finished it- seated 10 comfortably before a new house required it to be resized to a six seater! Its 3' wide, solid oak.


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