Log Side Table #1: Finishing up...

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Blog entry by Heatherjen posted 02-13-2017 09:49 PM 981 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, so my first blog to a new series is finishing up a project…. Kind of backwards but this is my first blog ever so I’m just going to jump in where I’m at.
First off… I’m just a single mom to one teen.. And I really don’t know what the heck I’m doing… So if you enjoy watching major improvisation, you’ll enjoy watching my progress.
I have very few tools and do much of my work by hand. My favorite tool? My Leatherman Wave.

So, this little side table actually began life as a project gone bad… I am building a breakfast bar stool from logs and was working on the seat. That will be a separate blog when I get back to it.
The seat was too light duty but I had put a lot of love in ripping the tree into boards and laminating them so I got distracted and decided to do something with them.
A short walk into my wooded backyard, waist deep in snow I spotted a neat twisted up dead standing tree. I don’t have a clue of what it is but I nabbed it.
Cut it down with my hand saw and drug it into the cabin.
A bit of time by the fire and it was soon dry enough to start working with it. (I tend to be impatient when on a project)... It didn’t take long for things to take shape and soon I had a set of legs ready for my table top.
It still looked unfinished and the top boards needed triton the edges… So, back out in the woods and found a similar tree nearby.
I ripped it in half lengthwise and created my side trim. The hard part was joining the corners.
I don’t have many tools so my tablesaw was going to have to cooperate with me.
I angled the blade 45 degrees and cut the corners.
Long story shortened…. A lot of touch up here and there with my block plane and determination… It all came together.
I glued it… Tacked it down to hold it while it dried cause I’m short on proper clamps at this time.
But.., it’s done. The top is ready for sanding and stain.
This is where I’m stuck… How to finish it.
When I make a decision I’ll post another blog.
Thanks for reading my blog.

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 01:07 PM

That’s pretty cool. Kind of looks like it might start walking across the floor.

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 06:01 PM

This is a very nice rustic table.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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