What to do with that dead tree.

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Project by Mike Hillman posted 06-21-2014 04:53 PM 1404 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A big pine tree on my property died. When the tree guy came to cut it down I asked him to save the straight section of the trunk. I ended up with a 10 ft. section of trunk which I cut into a 4 ft. section and a 6 ft. section.
I don’t have a broad axe or an adz so I had to do everything with a chain saw and a hand plane. I made shallow cuts every two inches along the 6 ft. section and then made a horizontal cut to achieve a flat side. Flipped it over and did the same on the opposite side. I then cut the 4 ft. section in half and cut a tendon and mortise to fit the legs to the bench. It’s crude, but I hate wasting a tree.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 06-21-2014 07:33 PM

This sure has a LOT of character in the grain. I like how you brought a dead tree back to life!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 06-21-2014 07:38 PM

Great job and I like the simplicity of the design and your innovative construction technique.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 06-22-2014 08:25 AM

Great save on the log. I really like the mortise and tenon idea. Looks good!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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#4 posted 03-24-2015 09:34 AM

I like the rustic / ancient look

-- shuja

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