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Old redwood turned into Medford council table

An 80-foot-tall redwood tree that was felled to make way for a city parking lot at 10th Street and Oakdale Avenue has taken on a new life as a meeting table for the Medford City Council.

The 18-foot-long, 3-inch-thick table is made out of solid redwood and is 60 inches at its widest point.

The table cost $9,981 and weighs 700 pounds.

Terramai of White City, which specializes in salvaging wood, cured the redwood and built the table in seven pieces so that it could be delivered to the third-floor Medford Room using the elevator in City Hall.

"We thought since we can't keep the tree, let's salvage the tree," said Lynette O'Neal, assistant to the deputy city manager.

Other pieces of redwood salvaged from the tree will be used for accents in the city's new police station meeting room and lobby.

The tree was cut down in 2014 but has been curing for some time before it was fashioned into a table, O'Neal said.

To ensure the table was sized correctly, a mock-up made of other tables was set up in the Medford Room, which sits next to the council chambers.

The city's new microphone system in the ceiling of the room meant no holes had to be drilled in the table.

When the city sized up the parking lot at 10th and Oakdale, arborists determined the tree would have had a hard time surviving if its surroundings were paved.

"We didn't want to see the big tree cut down, but because of the root structure and parking lot, it wouldn't have stayed there for long," O'Neal said.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@mailtribune.com. Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.

Portions of a redwood tree that sat at the corner of 10th and Oakdale are now a meeting table in the Medford Room at City Hall. Mail Tribune / Damian Mann