Cantilever Table (Osage Stump & Walnut) Thoughts and Advice on How to?

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Forum topic by sgtsprout posted 02-03-2012 11:54 PM 1547 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2012 11:54 PM

My wife and I were are out local hardwood supplier We came across this Osage Stump and walnut slab that we pictured as a cantilever style table.

Now I have several ideas and thoughts how to do it, but would love to hear some other ideas, thoughts, advice etc how you may accomplish the end result.

Ideally it will be a free standing table. I already understand I may need to mimic that look with some type of bracketry such as french cleat system etc against the wall.

First action is for us to sand smooth the stump. I want to get that to a polished like finis. Both items will likely be more of a natural finish, so long as I can match up the finishes. Second action is the shave the stump end.
to get it level.

Now I have to figure out how I want to get it free standing. Some actions that may help are 3 low profile leveling feet at the bottom or 3 smaller metal discs (2”) or 1 larger metal disc (6”). The thought is 3 points would be better than 4 or 1 large metal disc would help with the leveling. These would possibly be recessed so as to prevent any large gaps of the stump to the ground. I have doubts the wood if shaved well would hold well enough on mot surfaces. While this will likely to go in carpeted LR, I want it to stand on any surface free standing. I am willing to compromise with creating a french cleat or bracketry if needed but am hoping I can get the center of gravity defined between the two woods.

The next issue is how to secure the walnut slab to the stump top. I am figuring once level I can create a flat spot on the top of the bark and join the woods. But what joinery. I did not want thru hole mortise so I was assuming some type of loose MT joints would be best. But should some type of dowel joinery be considered. maybe even steel rods? Of course the current size of the slab may likely need to be cut down to get the balance.

That is another issue is how to find the CG. I was thinking I would get the stump completed and level how I wanted it then simply work with the slab or a template and see what kind of weight this stump could support.

What else am I missing? Umm let’s see in my house the location is going to be right below the stairs against our wall. Yes we have children 10, 13 and 14 who do not realize they can walk down steps, so that is a concern.

What should I consider here? Did I miss identifying any goals of the project? This will be one of more challenging projects but am really looking forward to some help and working this with my wife.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 02-04-2012 01:01 AM

If the stump won’t stand on its own with out the slab on top, it certainly will not have a center of gravity that will work with the slab on top.

Looks like you will need a heavy base under the stump that is almost as large as the table top, then bolt it together. But you don’t want the base to distract, visually, from the top.

The base could be an ellipse, about 12” wide by 40” long, made out of 1/4” steel, and painted flat black. That would weigh about 30 lbs, and would help balance everything.

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#2 posted 02-04-2012 01:17 AM

Thanks crank. I will consider a larger base, If I can not get it free standing otherwise. Once I shave the bottom I can get it to free stand on it’s own, that I am sure of. It is whether or not the slab will stay on top without tipping.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 02-06-2012 02:16 AM

You will need some type of base.

Perhaps you could cast one using concrete, dyed to the desired color and use aggregate that could be polished like terrazo. Or perhaps a granite or marble base…

Good Luck!

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