My wife and I took one of our frequent "Check Out of the big city" trips
this weekend and happened up on a furniture store located in Brenham, TX.
They import all of their furniture from South America. They had several
large dining room tables but the biggest was really big.
The table had 2 benches with no backs style seating that ran the length
of the table. The table was 100% Ipe, and the top was a single slab of
wood. The table top was 20' long, and about 42" wide and about 4" thick.
That was one huge hunk of wood. The table top was held up by 2 tree trunks
that were about as wide as the table top. The store owner estimated that
the table top alone was about 2,000 lbs.
Indeed. The subject line is very apropos of Bill Gates and his
"Another sign of timberframing's resurgence is seen in the recent
selling off of more than 7 million board feet of old-growth timber from
the defunct Long-Bell Lumber mill in Longview, Washington. As Benson
tells the story, word about the auction spread quickly among a new
breed of timberframers who knew that wood of that size and quantity
might never be seen again. The bidding quickly rose above the meager
means of the average timberframer, and it was later learned that Bill
Gates purchased the timbers for his multimillion-dollar home in
If you ever got invaded, just tip over the table and set up your defenses
behind it! That is assuming, of course, that there is somebody in your
house who is strong enough to tip it over.
I wonder how much something like that would cost? And how much of that cost
is freight? And what would be involved in installing one of those into the
I hear references from time to time of the 1950s civil defense
measures where, as kids, we were instructed to get down under our desks.
In hindsight, it is laughable.
But, this slab just might protect you from a nuclear holocaust.
the "tuck & cover" was really an effective position...
For body removal later
They just forgot the last instruction, which is "and kiss your ass goodbye"..
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