Monthly Archives: November 2013

Big Ponderosa Table

PineTable 010 (800x434) Dining room table and chair set made from ponderosa pine accented with black walnut.  The live-edged table top is a single slab, approximately 42" wide; and its 250+ pounds is supported by a variation of a trestle style base, joined to the top by dovetail grooves that allow the top to freely shrink and swell.  The chairs are upholstered in leather, and a book matched pine panel accents each chair back. PineTable 044 (800x533) The slab was milled from a 280+ year old ponderosa on the edge of the Middle Fork Willamette River valley.  The big ponderosa pine forests in Oregon are found mainly on the dry side of the Cascade Range at relatively high elevation; but known locally as valley pine (or more officially pacific ponderosa pine), this subspecies grows at low elevation along the margins of the valley and is well adapted to the areas mild winters and seasonally soggy clay-rich soils.  This particular tree came down in a wind storm in 2009, and the property owner was a friend of the client and had milled the tree by chainsaw.  No small feat for a tree of that size. BigPineTable (640x388) Pine is generally soft, and ponderosa is no different; although, because it is old growth and is made of hundreds of growth rings tightly stacked together, it is significantly harder than the plantation grown pine found at the home improvement store.  It may not be ideal for a heavy use table top, but given the uniqueness of the wood and the clients connection to the property and owner, that limitation was easily accepted.