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

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, 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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