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Project by Dave posted 02-28-2012 03:53 AM 2704 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a cedar stump a coworker brought to me. He had split it with a chainsaw and wanted to make his wife a table. I agreed to help my friend. I set it in the shop for about a year and slowly would drag it out and work on it a little. It was fun to build. The finish is poly and BLO. I used sycamore for the base then wrapped it with tongue and groove ceder. She is flat and sturdy. I am told He gave it to his wife and she loves it. Thats what it is all about.
A few more pictures.

The whole shop smelled like ceder and I love that smell. I have some shavings in my closet. Thanks for reading.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com





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boxcarmarty

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 03:56 AM

Love it Dave, Makes me want to dig my cedar out and start making sawdust…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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JL7

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 03:58 AM

How cool is that Dave….....Very cool…Great story…..remember the jingle, if you’ve got the time, we’ve got the beer…...just substitute “cedar” and you’ve got a new jingle…...:)

Nicely done

Jeff

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 04:10 AM

Dave, awesome build. The finish looks great, like design of it too.

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Dave

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 04:17 AM

Marty I love the smell. The sad thing is my wife has asthma and is allergic. I have to bath right when I come inside. Dang it.
Thanks Jeff, the pictures don’t do it justice but one whole side of that log has some wonderful curl to it.
Thanks Shane. I do like showing a piece to be a tree sometimes. I have the other side of the log. I cant use it in the house. So it will become shop furniture or gifts.
Thanks guys.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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boxcarmarty

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 04:23 AM

I’ll throw a piece of cedar at the lathe just to smell up the WoodShack…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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lysdexic

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 04:28 AM

Dave,
Can you tell me about the joinery?

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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Dave

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 04:40 AM

The post is a simple floating tenon made with 2 one inch oak dowels. I then drilled at a 45 degree hole and pegged it to the top. The post to the 4/4 base was done with the one inch dowels also. Then I took some more 4/4 and butted it up to the post. So I basically made a mortice one side at a time.That made the base 2 inches thick and heavy. Not very neat at all. I new I was going to wrap it in ceder. Knowing the joinery would be hidden I didn’t get fancy.
Thanks for the comment.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 04:49 AM

Sturdy? This puppy could hold a truck ,thats one beautiful hunk of wood.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dave

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 04:56 AM

Thanks Jim. You are to kind.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 05:16 AM

Yes!

That SMELL is just wonderful to work with… YES!

Awesome table! Looks like the Top weighs a couple hundred pounds…

Before I saw where you got the wood, I was wondering what you did with the REST of the tree!

Terrific job… That took some Special work to get it SO FLAT!

Thank you for showing it…

I’m sure she loves it…

You should be very proud!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Ken90712

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 09:54 AM

Great job, what a nice peice of wood. Congrats…..

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 10:20 AM

Fantastic rustic table Dave. That Cedar has some some beautiful coloring. Did you plane that whole thing by hand? Whew! Unfortunate that your wife is allergic to it. I remember as a toddler visiting my uncle in North Dakota, he had his basement walls paneled in Cedar. I just loved to go down there for the smell.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 02-28-2012 10:22 AM

Beautiful piece of wood and beautiful table.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 02-28-2012 11:25 AM

Beautiful table & a great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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Dave

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#15 posted 02-28-2012 12:06 PM

Thanks Ken
Yes Mike I did. I did it in about 4 different good workouts. I smelled wonderful.
Hey there Charles, Thank you as well.
Marty, thank you to
Great guys, glad you enjoyed;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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