Natural edge end table

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Project by OregonWoodRat posted 10-29-2012 06:52 PM 2172 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#1 posted 10-29-2012 07:01 PM

Beautiful table! If the bark doesn’t stay on, just epoxy it back on and the repair should be invisible.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 10-29-2012 07:26 PM

this is nice ..

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 10-29-2012 08:51 PM

Hal – Thanks for the advise on the bark. I could not find any good info on the internet so any help is appriciated.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 12:27 AM

awesome and amazing

-- Joel

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 12:53 AM

Beautiful piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 06:00 AM

They sure grow fast over by you. Lovely table!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 05:12 PM

Beautiful, especially the top! How did you attach it to the base?

-- ~Julie~

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 01:15 AM

Deon – I think it was the natural gas line that ran right next to the trunk. The arborist could not go as deep with the stump ginder as he normally did due to the gas line. :)

Julie – The feet and the top were the same cross shape with one screw at each end connecting the top to the base. Here are a couple pictures.

-- Peter, A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.

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#10 posted 10-31-2012 01:34 PM

Thanks Peter, I didn’t realize there was that cross shape under the top!

-- ~Julie~

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#11 posted 12-03-2012 01:34 AM

WOW! Very nice job! I sure would love a slab like that, for sure!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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