|Project by Branlon||posted 02-05-2012 04:26 PM||2880 views||5 times favorited||23 comments|
The old ash tree behind the house was reaching for better light and leaning too far over the roof directly above our master bedroom. We decided to have it taken down because it also had a rotten spot at the base. Within a couple hours the tree service guys had all the branches cut off and loaded in a truck.
When they asked if we wanted the 14 foot trunk, I took a second look at it and decided to start cutting 4” sections off the bottom to see how far up the trunk the rotten wood crept. After a couple cuts the ash became clear and we had a 13 foot tree trunk lying on the ground about 5 feet in circumference. It was delivered to the saw mill and we harvested about 130 board feet of rough-sawn lumber. It was stacked properly in the barn to dry for a year.
A woodworker friend agreed to mill the lumber to the plan specifications for a dining room table, Mission style. We first selected the best looking boards for the tabletop and then from other pieces cut 1×3s which were glued together to make the three inch square table legs.
Two coats of water-based poly were applied to the entire table and a third coat on the tabletop. Johnson’s Paste Wax was then rubbed-out with steel wool for the non-glare finish.
-- Branlon, Board Director, South Central Indiana