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One of the Worlds Largest Cookie Cut Tables? Giant Sequoia Slab dining table

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Project by Joni Hamari posted 08-19-2018 03:26 AM 4172 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Giant Sequoia round cross cut slab table, live edge.
One of the worlds largest cookie cut tables?
Massive table we created last year, measures 10 feet 4 inches by 8 feet 4 inches. It created quite the challenge in many, many ways!
Slab is over 5 inches thick, mounted on a root base that was about 8 feet across…for the curious, it weighed about 1,800 pounds total.
A couple photos there show it in finishing so you can get an idea of the scale.
I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of working in a large scale and this one was no exception!

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com





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#1 posted 08-19-2018 03:36 AM

WOW—I have loved redwood for more than 60 years now!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 08-19-2018 04:12 AM

Holy Crap that is absolutely amazing! I can’t imagine working with something like that. It’s out of this world!

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#3 posted 08-19-2018 04:33 AM

freaking amazing work!!!!!

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#4 posted 08-19-2018 06:23 AM

joni now your just showin off!.i cant even cooment,because my breath is takin away!!! and where does one even get a slab of giant sequoia? i checked rockler and theve been out for 45 years!-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 08-19-2018 06:27 AM

Thanks, appreciate it!

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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#6 posted 08-19-2018 03:10 PM

Fantastic project!

I have to ask. Most slabs cross cut like that are subject to splitting due to shrinkage in drying. One that size would seem especially so. How did you prevent this?

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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#7 posted 08-19-2018 04:40 PM

Beautiful, but I have to ask: When you were sanding that was it vertical or horizontal? Either way would be a challenge. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 08-19-2018 04:51 PM

Wow you could register that as the 8th wonder of the world. Absolutely massive. How do you move that thing around to clean underneath? That slab is finished as well as something that big could be. Nice work.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Joni Hamari

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#9 posted 08-19-2018 05:16 PM



Fantastic project!

I have to ask. Most slabs cross cut like that are subject to splitting due to shrinkage in drying. One that size would seem especially so. How did you prevent this?

- Planeman40


Great question…First off the Giant Sequoia and Redwood are some of the most stable woods, so that’s a big help to begin with. The log had already been down many, many years, after we got it to the shop and leveled we let it sit for nearly a year in dry storage. In that time we didn’t try to prevent splitting, we let it go and then filled the splits. It also is reinforced with steel rods and on a 2 inch backer plate…so hopefully future movement is minimized to checks. I actually have a second slab slightly larger that I did at the same time as this one and we have seen very little movement in the last year.
Best of success, Joni

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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Joni Hamari

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#10 posted 08-19-2018 05:20 PM



Beautiful, but I have to ask: When you were sanding that was it vertical or horizontal? Either way would be a challenge. Thanks for sharing.

- leafherder


Sanding was horizontal…Knee pads are your friend!
The real challenge was flipping it so we could sand both sides!
All the Best, Joni

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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Joni Hamari

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#11 posted 08-19-2018 05:22 PM



Wow you could register that as the 8th wonder of the world. Absolutely massive. How do you move that thing around to clean underneath? That slab is finished as well as something that big could be. Nice work.

Thanks for posting.

- therealSteveN


Thank you!
We use hydraulic carts, wheeled carts or rollers for moving the big stuff in the shop…This one was placed in a private home so hopefully it will not have to be moved again!
All the Best, Joni

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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#12 posted 08-19-2018 05:31 PM

holy moly you need walkie talkies to ask to pass the salt and pepper LMAO SIMPLY AWESOME :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 08-19-2018 05:35 PM



holy moly you need walkie talkies to ask to pass the salt and pepper LMAO SIMPLY AWESOME :<))

- GR8HUNTER


Haha, that’s what those little individual salt and pepper shakers are for! Joni

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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#14 posted 08-19-2018 05:46 PM

Huge work …..

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#15 posted 08-19-2018 05:50 PM



joni now your just showin off!.i cant even cooment,because my breath is takin away!!! and where does one even get a slab of giant sequoia? i checked rockler and theve been out for 45 years!-lol.

- pottz


That’s funny, thank you!
The Giant Sequoia is occasionally sold through USFS bids. There are a few mills still selling slabs…it’s brittle stuff and prone to breakage when felled but otherwise like Redwood. From what I understand most of what was cut back in the late 1800’s into the mid 1900’s was used as grape stakes for the California vineyards, also pencils and shakes. A shame that some of the largest trees in the world were turned into nothing of future value…Kind of a preservation mission for me to show off these old pieces and make it so others can enjoy them too!
Rockler doesn’t have any in stock? Shocking…lol

-- Joni Hamari, www.HamariDesign.com

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