Simple log side "tables"

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Project by TZH posted 07-18-2012 05:04 PM 1544 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a couple of simple pine beetle logs I decided to turn into side tables for our deck. Finished with one coat of dewaxed shellac and 5 coats of gloss exterior spar varnish. Thinking about making a couple of round douglas fir slabs and doweling them to the top for a little more tabletop space. What do you all think? Should I do it or leave as is?

Thanks for looking.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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Matthew Harrold

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 05:30 PM

i don’t think you should cover that lovely looking end grain, i think it would spoil it, leave the top as it is, or what i would do is get a thicker log of beetle kill pine and cut off a 2inch thick ring, and attach that to the top, so you can see the lovely blueish ring, but ultimately, its your decision :)

-- ''if you don't know what it does... don't f*** about with it'' - Ivan Hill, my grand farther

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Stephen Fox

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 05:33 PM

I noticed that the pine beetle damaged does not go all the way through. It is as if you can count the rings and find out how long ago the beetle epidemic started. It seems like such a waste that most of these logs will not be of any value, and very glad to see people like yourself not letting them go to waste. i think they look fine. For myself I like them as is.

-- Stephen NYS

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 07:13 PM

Very beatuiful as is!

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 08:03 PM

I like them as is, but understand the space thing. Maybe get some blue slab and use it for the top.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 02:23 AM

well tzh they sure are nice looking logs and if it were me i could really go either way, but if you want a little more room then adding another piece on top would look good also, its really a shame to hide the logs from view, maybe you could do a top that is supported from underneath and have the log round exposed in the center of these little tables…you follow my idea….there are some different woods that would compliment each other as a top , ill wait to see what you do…thanks for asking our thoughts…grizz

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 02:28 AM

OOh I like them and I bet they stay put. I’m starting to cut some cedar from the saw mill into benches and wish I could get the MC down to 20% but here we go this weekend. How about a lazy suzan for the top? That way you can always switch beers without them knowing, always a full one :) I really like the top endgrain tho but if you as Mat said get some larger rounds to use as the top that has the same look, I think that would be sweet. Even if the top is just 4” more in diameter, then some cool profile to the edge like just round. The end grain would look so good!

-- $tudie

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#7 posted 07-19-2012 02:54 AM

Oh and do you ever scarf out the base of these rounds so that the center doesn’t swell and make it rock? I have done that just leaving 1” on the perimeter and even making 3 feet by scarfing away again around the base. That way even if the deck is not flat, the table will not rock. Also to keep air flowing under the base to keep it from rotting. I’m getting some cherry trees and hoping to run them thru the band saw soon but seems like just as soon as I get the saw to not drift, the blade is dull and have to start all over again. Nice work, thanks for showing.

-- $tudie

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#8 posted 07-19-2012 03:28 AM

Studie, thanks for the scarfing idea. Hadn’t even thought of that.


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