Cedar Round Cofee Table

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Project by Ben posted 03-27-2017 04:17 PM 1162 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built 3 of these a few weeks ago. I still need to build or buy the base though. I finished one with Epoxy, and the other 2 shellac.

-- Woodworking minus patience equals firewood

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#1 posted 03-27-2017 04:46 PM

Very pretty. Nicely done. I think they need “branch” legs!

I will have to try the method you used for the leveling of the cookie. I made some the hard way some chisel a LOT of sanding and then a LOT MORE sanding.
I had inherited about a 14 incl thick round of maple and we took a chainsaw to make 3 cookies from it.

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#2 posted 03-27-2017 04:50 PM

Wondering… what is the weight on one of those?

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#3 posted 03-27-2017 04:50 PM

Thanks! Using the router to level them is works well. There are lots of jibs on line to get an idea from. Once its set up and perfectly level, it just takes time and patience. I have tried a few bits, that work OK, but I haven’t sprung for the recomended one. It’s a little expenses.

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#4 posted 03-27-2017 04:51 PM

It’s cedar, so, its not too heavy… maybe 40lbs ? They are around 2.5” thick by 40-44” diameter.

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#5 posted 03-27-2017 05:37 PM

Beautiful. They are a lot bigger than I thought. Some kind of branch leg will really look cool. Good luck.

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

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#6 posted 03-28-2017 09:53 AM

I would like 3 slabs unfinished about 16 inches in diameter. If you would do such a thing? you can call me at 2three1 5one zero308five.

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#7 posted 03-28-2017 03:07 PM

nice job

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#8 posted 03-28-2017 03:10 PM

Are they dry when you start your process? How do you prevent them from checking?

Every time I’ve tried this, I got wicked deep checks and splits.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#9 posted 03-28-2017 03:38 PM

This tree was cut in July last summer. I placed the 4 cookies I had on my garage floor and covered the window up so no sun would get in. I flipped them over every couple days, especially at the beginning. The garage door was opened a couple times a day to cycle in some fresh air, especially when they first started drying, a lot of moisture was coming out. Around Decemeber some time, I planed the first one down with a router. I started out with around 4 inches, and took it down to about 3. I then took the piece into my heated basement to finish. It had a small crack in one side. After about 2 weeks in the heated basement, the crack opened up. I left it for another few weeks, and it seemed to be stable. I then filled the crack with quick set epoxy and then planed the piece again. I applied several coats of finish on both sides to seal the piece.

To tell you the truth, I’m not sure if it was dry enough or not ? But it seems stable now and it hasn’t cracked anymore. I think because of the shape of this one, is why it didn’t crack. I have heard of people placing them in sawdust piles to dry too.

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#10 posted 03-28-2017 05:00 PM

thanks for the reply…. I might try something in my barn… I can’t attend to any kind of flip and fuss schedule though. Not gonna happen :^o

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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