Fir Flagpole, Age 1,100, Reclaimed as Bookmatched Plank Table

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 12/17/2012 4:15PM


At Custom wood shop Against the Grain Studio, Portland, OR, Malachi Milbourn and his team join with Creative Woodworking Northwest and local wood turner Kevin Poest, to reclaim an 1,100 year old heartwood fir. Placed as a high-rise flagpole a century ago, it was sawn, planed and belt sanded on a Costa, resawn on a  Stenner, then meticulously finish sanded with a Rotex hand sander, yielding a book-matched plank table.


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Bill Esler

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Bill Esler, Associate Publisher/ Editor in Chief, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for editing Custom Woodworking Business and coordinating content for Wood Products , CLOSETS ,, and related newsletters. Bill’s expertise includes using innovative print manufacturing techniques to grow audience engagement, digital printing, purls, QR codes; and lead-generating webcasts, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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