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    35 year old yard waste

    I bought this log from a guy who has a tree service.
    It is a 35 year old Sequoia that was removed from someone's yard.
    Surprising how fast Redwood trees grow.
    Photos show Reggie cutting the log into tabletop slabs.

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    What is Reggie's playlist whilst cutting?
    If "Its" and "Buts" was candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas
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    Around here it is pretty much Blues, Reggae or Bluegrass.
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    Damn that thing is huge. You could probably supply half of Japan with handles with just this one log!
    Does Blues also protects one's eyes and lungs? Cause if I were Reggie I'd probably put some protection on my face

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    The wood is just plain straight grain.
    We are cutting slabs for stuff like bar tops, outdoor table tops and such.
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    Curious as to the planning that goes into the orientation of the log for cutting into slabs. Will Reggie be taking successive slabs in the same fashion -- i.e., the next cuts will be parallel to the one he's now making? Is the log rotated after one or two slabs are taken from a side?

    I have no experience with such things, but looking merely at the picture, would have thought more attractive slabs might have been harvested if the log had been rotated an additional 90 degrees counterclockwise (as viewed).

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    Larrybard,
    Those are good questions. Some woods show better grain patterns when cut different ways like you mentioned.
    But...this is just plain looking wood so we are just making parallel cuts all the way through the log.
    This way we get a live edge on both sides with a band of white sapwood at the outside edges and red heartwood in the middle.

    There is another Sequoia log and a Sycamore log on the way.
    The sycamore will get cut quartersawn (at a right angle to the outer surface). That will show the flecks that look similar to snakeskin.
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    What's the going price for a table top size slab, or do these get fully turned into furniture and sold that way? Just curious

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    Wood like this would sell in the $200 to $300 range.
    With old growth figured stuff, the prices multiply.

    When we mill wood it goes into the wood yard for sale.
    Then when a piece of furniture is getting made the workers just go through the wood and select the pieces they need.

    My wood gets hidden away and locked up.
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    Do you have any big dry slabs hidden away anywhere? We'll be looking to make a desk in the summer (6-8 ft long and 3-4ish ft wide and 1.5-3" thick) and I'd love to drive over from PDX and see the shop.

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