DIY Wood worker wedding #6: The cake plate - a tree made of wood and table settings

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Blog entry by gurnie posted 09-30-2011 07:44 PM 7583 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a project my fiance and I did together for our upcoming wedding.

Um so wow a lot has happen since i worked on this thread. i will try to describe what i have done but i’m not sure if i have photos (I will try to check if people ask)

So after we cut up the roots / branches for the tree stump we ended up used a inflatable cylinder sander that attached to the drill press thingy attached to my lathe. So instead of a chuck spinning around i have a nice cylinder full of 80 grit sandpaper spinning around. It was awesome for shaping the roots and branches.

We did dove tails for the branches / roots. In some areas we removed way too much wood for the dove tails to fit snugly. So we did a 50/50 ratio of cherry wood dust and tightbond II and used it to the fill the gaps. It really worked awesome.

below is a photo of the joints glued up. the glue-up was messy but my dremel too totally took care of that

Ohhh messy glue job.


So everything was looking great but we really needed to stain in. the idea was to stain the whole trunk darker and to have a dark ring around the cake plate surface to imitate a cross section sitting on top of the stump.

Thanks to all the jocks who helped determine a finish and lead my to the wood whisperer video about how to prevent blotching. i think we still did get some blotching because we let the stain sit to long and there are marks left from the dremel. but i think it looks badass (can I say that here? I’ll find out if the filter filters me)

ok so how did we get the awesome ring around the cross section piece.

first i taped white paper over the “circle” (it’s not perfectly round). at the approx. middle there’s a little hole dapped in the middle so i took a piece of string, tied it to a push pin and the other side to the pencil. i used the push pin to anchor as my center and was able to trace a semi symmetrical circle on the paper. then we cut around that line. then we applied painter’s tape to the edge, and then removed all but 1/4 sticking out of the edge of the white paper (so only 1/4 of tape was holding the paper to the surface of the wood. we then taped the top of the paper in case when we wiped we were a little careless and wiped onto the paper. Mike made a funny face out of it.

so then we applied it to the wood and then applied the finish

we were ecstatic to see a clean line!

Ok so table number card holders – these are piece of cherry wood from my parents fruit tree that died earlier this year. it was cut on a chop saw. Then with the bandsaw i cut 1.5” into the center. then the top was made pointed by cutting the tops pointed with the bandsaw (does that make sense). it as smooth out on the sander. Voila, table markers. This was the fiance’s idea – awesome way to dot eh table numbers

I want to take a moment for the awesome jocks who took the time to answer my staining questions and a big shout out to shipright and his amazing jewelry chest that really inspired me to make the tree cake plate.

if people can maybe land me some suggestions on making the stain a little more even that’s great. otherwise it might look nice a tiny bit blotchy… more “organic” looking

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#1 posted 09-30-2011 08:31 PM

Great work. I’m flattered that my experiences were of service to you.
Hope you have a great wedding and a great marriage.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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