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Forum topic by skunkwerk posted 07-10-2016 09:52 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-10-2016 09:52 PM


I have 5 blocks of an old oak tree which look like this:

My wife wants to make a table out of them, with the blocks as the legs, with glass as the table-top.

I have two questions:
- How do I treat the wood to preserve it? Do I use varnish or lacquer or something?
- How do I make the 4 legs the same height? Right now they’re between 20-25 cm each. I do not own any woodworking tools, but I live near a TechShop and a HomeDepot. I am also happy to pay someone to even out the 4 blocks for me.


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#1 posted 07-10-2016 10:12 PM

How are you going to join them together?

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#2 posted 07-10-2016 10:49 PM

Each piece of wood is going to serve as one leg of the table.
I’m not too worried about joining together the glass top and the legs – as the glass will likely be thick enough (and thus heavy enough) that it won’t move easily. I could use epoxy, but then the table would be much more difficult to disassemble and move.


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#3 posted 07-10-2016 11:05 PM

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Unless these have been stored inside for years they are to wet to build with,If these are not dry they will end up cracking with probably big cracks. you can’t get a lot of finishes to look good or stay on wet wood. If you still want to try and use these the best way to get them cut to even height is find someone that’s good with a chain saw to help.

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