|Project by DKFL||posted 02-13-2012 04:24 AM||2213 views||7 times favorited||12 comments|
One of the big hickory trees near my home came down the past fall, and while removing it, I found that it had a really pretty grain patter. After cutting another piece for a friend’s project, I set upon making something out of what’s left. I plan on making an entire set, but this is the prototype.
My woodworking toolset isn’t very extensive, so the majority of this work was done by hand. Cut a disc 3” thick about 14” in diameter and started in on it with a block planer.
After considerable elbow grease with aforementioned block planer, I got all the chainsaw marks out of it. Also beveled the top a little since I intended to keep the bark and didn’t want it to scratch anyone.
Partway through the fabrication of the structure. I decided to make the entire thing out of material obtained from my property, so no dowels here. I hand cut the tenons and mortises with a chisel and a dremel tool. Used a battery operated circular saw with the depth set high to score a line around the end of the foot pegs then chiseled and sanded those to fit the holes in the legs. Since every piece on it is unique, everything had to be made to fit.
I finally got to the dry fit stage this afternoon. I have to admit it’s pretty hard to get something square and true when every piece of it is different.
Two coats of Tung oil later
Tools used: Battery operated circular saw, chainsaw, drill, Dremel tool, hammer, chisel, hammer, block planer, nail set
Fasteners: Glue, 8d finish nails
Finish: Tung oil