A Very Unusual End Table

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Project by hoss12992 posted 12-07-2015 02:10 AM 1855 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of buddies have a tree cutting/trimming company. The fellar that owns it and his son n lay bring me loads of woodchips for my gardens, and some really cool wood sometimes. A few days ago the son n law showed up and asked if I would help him make some Christmas stuff in the shop. His truck bed was FULL of a wide varity of really unusual pieces of wood and just as many different types of wood. He is a wood hoarder and has a really good eye for unusual wood, but has not done much woodworking but is eager to learn. As soon as I took a look at what he had in his truck, the first thing that pop in my head and out my mouth was “JACKPOT!” He had this really cool piece that he had cut and saved from a tree last year and asked what could we do with it. He said he wanted to make a small table for his mother n law and thought it would be a good base for a table. I thought so too. We also dug around in his truck bed to see what all we might could use and he pulled out 2 really rough slab pieces of Walnut. Told him we would mill them out and that would be the top. So we had to cut them so they would fit thru the planer, then after the planing was finished, we put the “Real” cuts on them. A trip thru the router table and they had their decorative edges. The Kreg Jig made an apperance, and then, BAM, it was a table top. We predrilled the holes for the screws to attach the top to the base, and then cut some plugs for the holes, and installed them. Needless to say, he was rather blown away by everything, and was really proud of himself, and I was proud of him as well. He did the final sanding, then put poly on it. He took it home with him that night, but is in the process of putting several more coats of poly on the top, and a spray poly on the base. Im really looking forward to his next trip back to work in the shop, and to see what wood he brings with him next time. He has a BIG shed full of unusual pieces that he has been storing for about 10 years. The base is Persimmion. I had never seen one this big before. Im sure his inlaws will absolutely love the table. Thanks for taking the time to look

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 02:15 AM

Very cool. Great vision for the piece.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-07-2015 02:19 AM

Oh, I hope that wasn’t the tree where those elves make the cookies ;^)

That is really neat!

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#3 posted 12-07-2015 02:24 AM

Funny stuff Lew
That’s a one of kind for sure Hoss.

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#4 posted 12-07-2015 02:40 AM

I like it, and good job giving a new woodworker a leg-up.

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#5 posted 12-07-2015 02:50 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 12-07-2015 03:09 AM

Good eye for sure and a great looking table. Maybe add a shelf inside the stand? Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 12-07-2015 10:51 AM

Hoss that looks awesome! Its always great to get someone into the craft of woodworking, I’m sure you were probably more excited than he was when he left. Well done, sir, well done.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 12-07-2015 12:47 PM

Nice outcome.

Here’s an idea for next time you use a raw log like that. Try using your ROS on the bark. Dont necessarily sand ALL the bark off, just work with it a bit. Sometimes you can get some pretty neat effects by sanding some of the bark away. And you can get different effects by varying the grit too.

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#9 posted 12-07-2015 01:40 PM

That really is a interesting piece of wood your buddy dragged in…nice job my friend.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#10 posted 12-07-2015 02:24 PM

WOW! You had a Great day helping a newbie enjoy our craft. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 12-07-2015 02:58 PM

Hoss, that is a real beauty. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#12 posted 12-07-2015 04:27 PM

Nice story and nice finished product.

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#13 posted 12-07-2015 05:43 PM

Any concern with leaving the bark on?

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#14 posted 12-08-2015 12:56 AM

Great looking table, and neat story of how it came to be!

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#15 posted 12-26-2015 05:30 PM

Very unique. I like it

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