My next door neighbour is taking down the oak tree in his front yard this weekend. He figures it to be 80 years old+ and about 2 feet to 2.5 feet wide. It got hit hard in this winters icestorm so down it goes I guess. The good news is he says I’m free to take what I need and was thinking of doing some oak live edge tables. I’ve never done anything like this but this seems like a pretty bright crowd…right?
"Failure is success if we learn from it." Malcolm Forbes
Do you have access to a kiln? If not it might be a WHILE before you’ll be using it as a table. The reason for this is because will need to properly dry out the wood before using it. You could layout the slabs in your backyard or garage but you won’t achieve the level of dryness of the lumber at HD, Loews, etc. A moisture meter for wood will help. Are you aware of drying defects too? The sapwood and heartwood will shrink at different rates which may result in surface checking and cracking.