Century Table

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Project by Mick posted 01-14-2008 05:02 PM 2212 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an Oak stump I found in the Boy Scout Camp near me. It is at least a hundred years old. It is hollow but the wood is still in good shape. I pressure washed it, cleaned up some of the bad spots in it then leveled it with a chainsaw and a laser. The top is held in place by industrial magnets. The finish is the old fashioned stuff of hand-rubbed beeswax and turpentine then buffed to a soft sheen. The shop in the background is a mess but I wanted to post the pic. I built dollies out of old pallets and swivel wheels for moving things around in the shop. If you look closely in the 3rd picture you can see my youngest sons’ 72 Chevell SS he has stored in there temporarily. It’s gathering dust at the moment so when he moves it to his new house my shop will be half cleaned up!

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 05:20 PM

That makes a great table!

ROTFL about the shop being half clean when he moves the car out.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 05:22 PM

Beautiful table, nomatter how you cut it. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 05:29 PM

Very nice table. Round glass was a perfect choice.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 06:27 PM

Nice table, must have been a lot of hand rubbing. Good salvage of that oak.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 07:10 PM

wonderful table.
(cool car)
I, too, laughed at the 1/2 cleaned shop, once the car is pulled out.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 07:25 PM

Wow, that must be heavy.

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 08:11 PM

Now that’s what I call a conversation piece!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 08:48 PM

That’s awesome!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 09:34 PM

my kind of furniture

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 11:51 PM

I love one of a kinds and this definitely one of a kind.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 01:54 AM

Mick This is beautiful! I had never heard of beeswax and turpentine before, I’ll have to research that one.

-- Kevin

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#12 posted 01-15-2008 12:01 PM

Hello Mick;
—-one great oak stump century table you have created here….!
I can see that there has been some time put into the cleaning of the wood and then also the buffing of the beeswax to get that ‘soft sheen’.

Some questions if I might ask….what is the weight of this piece running at?....and,
....I see in the background of your shop where you already have some other pieces of rustic in the works. In the first and last photos you have some legs debarked, with some tenons already cut into the wood and in the first photo there are some legs already put into a wooden slab. As to the making of those tenons, are you using the ‘tenon maker’ along with a router for making those tenons?

Once again, I do indeed like the stump of oak for a foundation along with the glass top….great table top and great piece of ‘wood art’....

....and thanks for sharing this project with us here at LJ.

-- --frank, NH,

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#13 posted 01-15-2008 04:07 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. This is the first time I’ve posted something and your encouragement helps a LOT!
In answer to the queations above…
-the table weighs in the neighborhood of 125 lbs (glass included)
-the tenon-on-legs in the background was made with a Barker Drill Carriage and Clamp unit from Bosworth
-I do have a LogMan tenon maker for longer tenons – the clamp system is faster
-I make rustic log furniture (beds, benches, tables, lamps, etc.) for my small business, SplitLog Rustics
-I like finding things in the woods that I can turn into useful household items, like the stump table. I find plenty of interesting logs that I make into garden benches. I also do cypress tables and clocks. The cypress is Eastern Cypress and it does crack but the finish “fills in” the gaps and it still looks great.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#14 posted 03-11-2008 09:11 PM

now that is beautiful. i love the look of it its so different to what i am used to seeing but i love it. great job and very creative.

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#15 posted 03-11-2008 09:18 PM

Very will done. Where are you going to put it?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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