|Project by OregonWoodRat||posted 10-29-2012 06:52 PM||1495 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
We had a Deodar Cedar tree cut down. I cut most of it into lumber. I section for the top was a slice taken from the base of the tree. The tree was about 28 years old. The top is about 31 inches at the widest point. I used a router sled and a 1 3/4 inch router bit to plane it down. It is a very large bit so I turned the router speed down to almost the slowest speed.
Sanding the end grain proved to be a pain. When I thought I had it well sanded and ready for finish the fist coat showed lots of swirl marks and cut marks from the router.
There were a could significant checks so I put in a Butterfly and tried my hand at making a dragon fly joint. My first time doing both. I am not happy with the quality but they look ok.
The finish is 4 coats of High gloss varathane. Most of the bark was attached very well except for one section that the bark dried too fast and came off. I could not find anything on the internet about the best finish for bark so I just used varathane for the entire thing.
The base I made of the same wood. The feet cross using half laps. The column is 3 inches square and the total height is 21 inches.
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