Need Arbutus wood advice to make a table top...
I have an Arbutus trunk that was standing for at least a year after it died. It was cut down several months ago and is 18" diameter X 8 ft long and fairly straight.
Our desire is to make a dining room table out of it and plan to have it milled into boards. Do you have a recommendation for how thick the boards should be. We are in Seattle, moving to Anacortes area, do you know of a mill in this area that would cut this for us?
Ah sounds simple but it isn't.
First I do not know of a miller but ask about on Anacortes.
You could cut the trunk in half to about 4 feet to make it easier to move but mills like longer wood, so if you can find one first - call around on Anacortes and you will find someone - find out if it is OK to cut.
Thinner (1 inch) boards may warp more than thicker ones, but thicker ones (2" +) may crack.... both may do both! I never dry long boards but even 12-18" are tricky as they dry.
In fact do not be surprised to find your Arbutus tree trunk already cracked inside. You will have to do a lot of planing and glue ups to get a table top, and will need experience woodworking to pull it off.
I know of a couple who did an Arbutus wood floor out of kiln dried wood. Looked incredible but over the years the wood dried even more and warped etc... get advice from local woodworkers.
If it was easy to do, you would find Arbutus/Madrone wood furniture all over.
Let me know how it goes.