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Forum topic by Tripps posted 06-27-2012 04:49 AM 974 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2012 04:49 AM

Hello everyone,
Thanks for all the replies. My project plan was to make a ( 3’ ) 1 piece oak table from a freshly cut tree. After reading the emails, I see this project may turn out better results if it had 3 parts. Being the top the stand , and the base. This is my 1st project and mostly what I have is a chainsaw and plenty of wood.
So for now it will be a 1 piece table. I will seal the ends and take off the bark.
Ok now after those two steps I am going to carve out this 32”
diameter log into a table with a chainsaw. I have very little experience in this field.
This is the most awesome website I have looked at and I have seen some extemely nice work here.
And again thanks for all the help!

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 11:40 AM

Will the table be a round “cookie” that is an end grain cut, or do you plan to split the log longitudinally along the grain and saw out a plank?

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 12:06 PM

Yes, will be a round table

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 01:15 PM

Good luck drying your table top… I’ll be looking forward to the project when you make it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 08:29 PM

So you plan on cutting a cookie table top (crosscut)? You’re going to have a lot of issue drying that big of a piece. Your best bet is going to be to cut about 5 of those cookies and when they split, piece them back together into a solid-looking top.

You can sometimes control smaller cookies, but when they get over 15”, it becomes more about managing the splits and cracks rather than stopping them.

You will probably want to use a router jig to flatten the tops. If you use something like a beltsander or RO sander, you’re going to go crazy before you get it flat.

Also, depending on the thickness, you’re going to need to figure out a way to keep the top together under any stresses. Sometimes you can take chunks out of cookie by putting too much weight on it with no support.

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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