cleaning out my scrap bins #5: more tree branch projects

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 08-27-2014 12:11 AM 1993 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These are maple and apple tree branches, and a couple of maple cutoff slabs, from a guys shop, he had no use for them, he let me have them from his scrap bin.

With these projects I’m learning more on how to scribe to fit branches together, once there close enough for fitting, I assemble with glue and dowel joinery then fill in any gaps with elmers wood putty, when it dries I can touch off on it with some sandpaper, to do the final blending.

This first one uses two main branches assembled to a slab base, and supports the upper tier.
it consists of two branches assembled together in the middle to form a support post for the lower tier, both side branches are joined together with glue and dowel joinery both at the bottom and at the top.
The tiers are offst from eachother by 15 deg.. forming the bevel wall, which is made to house the drawer assembly.

This one was a good exercise in scribing and bevel cutting to fit.
The left side support is two branches mitered by handsaw to form a diagonal to meet with the one curved branch, the curved branch was assembled to the base slab first then the left side support system was cut to fit, the top is fastend to the left side only, as the curved branch is being used to act as a support brace. The top is securedly fastened with dowels, glue and screws.

Then I had this other curved branch not enough branches left to make another table with it, so I found a shelf system would work good for it.
The left side has a branch doweled to it to make it match the right side for the offset.
After staining it with a colonial maple stain, I went over it the next day with a whitewash of white deck stain diluted with water.

then finally with the last two slabs and a couple of small branches left over I was able to once again practice scribing and cut and fitting branches together to form bracing, to build a small side table. This too has only a white wash on it.

These are good practice sessions in learning to scribe and cut and fit odd shaped work pieces.

Have fun in the shop.

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 08:00 AM

Very nice work Hobby1. The sculpting is already done for you and it’s the creative part getting it all together in nice way. I like the concept and the furniture.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 01:13 PM

Hi Mike,
Thankyou for the nice complement.

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