Live edge slabs - in raw slab form or professionally finished live edge furniture form. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Eucalyptus is prone to cellular collapse so distortion in drying is quite common as well as surface checking. The wood has a moderate durability rating. I like visible joinery and seeing how and where different pieces come together, so I wasn’t going to be shy and selected Wenge wood for contrast. Red Eucalyptus is a deep, brick red, while Pink Eucalyptus is nearly indistinguishable from pink ivory. The four of us were able to slide it along its bottom edge on thick/protective drop cloths to get it from the garage into the house to the mounting wall. The plunge depth on my fixed-base router is limited so I’d make as many passes as I could with the router sled until the router depth was maxed out. What brought you to finally use the router to level it? The router made it clear when the bit was toast when its 15 amp motor would trip the 20 amp circuit. Snugging up the bottom cleat after hanging and attaching a top sill over the top cleat (further explained in the comments on the “cleats on wall” photo from the slideshow) really locked this thing to the wall. The first was used to flatten the top of my laminated maple workbench top, and its design (along with the sled for this slab) is credit Marc Spagnuolo: http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/flattening-workbenches-and-wide-boards-with-a-router/. What other options were not possible because of the size of the piece? The others are 3/8” deep and probably half functional, half decorative. The most common figure is bee-wing, but curly and burl are also found. The others are 3/8” deep and probably half functional, half decorative. Check out the slideshow with twentyfourfifty’s own comments about the build, followed by an interview where I ask him about the project in more detail. How many people did it take? Our Eucalyptus slabs come from two different species: red and pink. This was a monster slice of a monster tree. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. I loved the idea of needing only a router and some plywood to deal with virtually any size of slab (given the time of course). Zero movement. These cookies do not store any personal information. Out of these cookies, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Given the amount of thickness I had to remove to get it flat, I was initially taking off between 3/16” and 1/4″ each pass with a 1 3/4″ wide router bit. Did you ever get to a point where the plunge was too deep for the router? Eucalyptus is used for all types of construction, fine as well as utilitarian, light and heavy. In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program. In short, he took on the time-consuming job of straightening a severely warped, but beautiful 12.5′ piece of wood, and managing cracks that had formed with handmade Dutchmen (or butterfly joints). stable as possible. This prevents the end of the sled from dropping off the rail if you’re not paying close attention to the end of the sled… which would drop the sled and router bit directly into the work piece. Lift a bit, slide in some spare tires (breathe), lift a bit more, slide in saw horses (breathe), then go for the final push. You can opt out by clicking the configure button below. While this sled design is not adjustable and as awesome as Nick Offerman’s design, I was very happy with the performance and fast build/assembly time. Sprayed Conversion Varnish - Call for Price, Straight Line Bottom Edge (as shown in picture 1) 0-16 BF, Straight Line Top Edge (as shown in picture 1) 0-16 BF. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. rough sawn board before surfacing. Tell me about the router sled you built. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. My wife passed on an opportunity to talk me out of it, so done deal. I’d then shim the slab up off the floor a bit more and repeat the process.