This table was one of those commisions everyone wants to get, my budget is "X" do whatever you want, I like rustic. Once I heard that I jumped! I knew I wanted to do something with saw marks but at the same time I didn't want to use lumber that was infested with bug holes or warped. I spoke with my local lumberyard and we came up with a system to have lumber skimmed after being milled s3s. They had the red oak sent off to a sawyer in the North Georgia mountains to be skimmed on his circular mill to allow me to still have nice crisp clean lumber but with that rustic flair. I went with Red oak as I know how well it takes General Finishes gel stains, it leaves a much lighter color but it would have a fantastic contrast with the saw marks. The table was finished using General Finishes Antique Walnt Gel stain and then 4 coats of GF High Performance. The client was so thrilled and so was I.