Came across this video of a woodworking craftsman in "Russia?" Making a beautiful table from a 133 year old oak log!
Starting with rolling the log into his shop and continuing on to hand forging brass finish pieces.
It is pleasurable just watching a master wood worker ply his skills.
Wow, super impressive! He is a true master of the plunge router - a tool that I find very unpleasant and intimidating to use. Watching that makes me want to practice.
I feel like I learned a few lessons watching that:
1) Having a workbench that can drop down into the shop floor for extra space is a GREAT idea
2) You can make brass in a woodburner (admittedly one with a big blower and lots of extra mass)
3) A router sled and a chainsaw can replace the need for big, expensive kit like a planer/thickenesser and even, in this case, a table saw
I feel like I'd have preferred to keep the corners square (I like the more traditional table look) and I definitely wouldn't have stained it. To be honest, the brass was very impressive but I think I'd prefer a contrasting hardwood, something like walnut, if I was going to [attempt] to go down that route. All in all, a beautiful build though.
WOOOWWW!!! I'd be afraid to have a table like that, lol. It would be a piece of art no one was allowed to use! But, man, what I could do with all those scraps of wood and brass, and all those wood shavings & sawdust!
(Ugh. Spoken like a true thrifter! LOL!)
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