|Project by scruboak51||posted 10-14-2013 10:52 AM||2136 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
We recently moved into a house which had a small stand of scrub oak trees. A couple of the trees died during the 2003 Cedar Fire (in Southern California). Upon moving in, I was eager to get back into woodworking and this tree seemed like a good place to start.
I found a local shop with a band-saw mill and had the trunk slabbed out. The lumber had some pretty nice character so I decided to book-match two pieces and make a coffee table. To deal with the splits, I tried my hand at butterfly keys and failed miserably to make them out of wood (lack of tools). That led to a long hiatus from the project until I got the idea to use copper bar stock. I used .25” by 1.5” copper bar to make the butterfly keys.
The base was/is a work in process. I first used a salvaged metal base, but after receiving a lot of constructive criticism from the Reddit forum, I decided to improve upon that. For the pictured v2.0 I crafted a base out of a branch from the same tree. Still working out the bugs with the design and may end up adding some copper bar stock to run perpendicular to the base in a few points for added stability.
The top itself is unfinished (no lacquer or poly) the shine is from sanding the raw wood to 2,500 grit; this took ! 8 hours to go from the rough saw top to finished look.
Overall I am very happy; the table has a very cool floating look, which is compounded by the fact that the base is very close in color to the concrete slab that is currently our living room floor; at some point we are running hardwood floors, but like all new houses there are too many projects and not enough time or money.