Skip to comments.Tennessee man builds furniture from 116-year-old tree damaged in tornadoes
Posted on 05/16/2020 11:56:58 PM PDT by nickcarraway
A Brentwood man is working to keep Nashville's history alive by building furniture out of an old, massive tree that came down during the March 3rd tornadoes.
The tables are made out of a 116-year-old Elm tree that fell in east Nashville. Some tables are for sale. Others will be donated to charity.
"There's just too much history to let it go to landfills, so that's what we do, we repurpose the trees and turn them into hopefully an heirloom piece of furniture for future generations."
The process takes about a year and a half to get the finished product, because that's how long it takes the massive wood slabs to dry. Meaning, it'll be a little while yet before the tables are put to use.
I hope to have my garage wood shop fully equipped by the end of the year, and I would dearly love to put my woodworking skills to use with one good piece of wood burl. That’s hard to find and easy to screw up, so it would be a labor of love.
Old trees are beautiful but when they fall,look out. When you see a 1000 year old, 300 ft. Sequoia laying on its side with a root ball as big as most oak trees,you get the real scale of how big those suckers are.
“The process takes about a year and a half to get the finished product, because that’s how long it takes the massive wood slabs to dry.”
Hmmm. Better put it inside then. Just get wet again outside.
Nice cross section of those old trees. You can see the heartwood and sapwood. The “wild-edge” with the bark is sort of a nice touch on the table too.
Wood is amazing. Every piece unique, from hardwood felled trees for firewood cross cut for burning, to even softwoods like pine 2x4s from Home Depot. The tree’s life can be read from the lumber. In the 80s and before my Dad bought truckloads of old growth redwood. There might be 120 growth rings in 2” or 3” of quartersawn boards. Politically incorrect now to harvest the old growth, but amazing to see.
I’m jealous! I had a fair shop but sold my house in NC and relocated to a condo in Ft Lauderdale.....
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