Live Leg End Table

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Project by swirt posted 05-08-2017 01:57 PM 1723 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this end table from an oak tree that my neighbor cut down. All the wood used came from the same tree with the exception of the cherry I used to make the two keys.

I went out on a limb, so this project involved a lot of firsts for me:
  • Slabs all hand cut.
  • Natural legs (or maybe its a single leg with three toes?)
  • Use of colored epoxy (emerald green and black)
  • Tea stain (Alcohol based)
  • Wood: Swamp Laurel Oak (fairly sure)
  • Stain: homebrewed tea in alcohol
  • Finish: Mineral Spirits, pure Tung Oil, Helmsman Spar Polyurethane
  • Attachment: wedged tenons

If you are interested in more photos and details of the build, you can find that here

By the way, that first photo makes the table look slanted. The table top is level, it is actually the center leg that is slanted.

-- Galootish log blog,

29 comments so far

View Von's profile


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#1 posted 05-08-2017 03:57 PM

Uffda! Hand-slabbed -what a chore! Nice results tho. I like the inlays.

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#2 posted 05-08-2017 07:41 PM

Thanks Von.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 05-08-2017 10:52 PM

WOW!!! I love it such a wonderful piece !!! gr8 job !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#4 posted 05-08-2017 11:22 PM

Very well planned and made! I am very fond of the unusual type of tables.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 05-09-2017 01:17 AM

That is absolutely awesome, I love it.
Anything made with the “natural” look excites me.
Thank you for sharing this great piece.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 05-09-2017 01:23 AM

Thanks steliart and ralbuck. Much appreciated.

-- Galootish log blog,

View swirt's profile


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#7 posted 05-09-2017 01:48 AM

Thanks BobWemm I am glad it resonates with you.

-- Galootish log blog,

View TZH's profile


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#8 posted 05-09-2017 03:09 AM

Beautiful design and craftsmanship. Nice tutorial on your blog as well.

Modeling clay, eh? I’m definitely going to have to try that one for epoxy pours! Thanks for the tip!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#9 posted 05-09-2017 04:00 AM

Looks amazing, well done.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#10 posted 05-09-2017 09:35 AM

Thats’ an awesome looking piece. Its always intimidating/fun to try new things, and I’m sure it feels great to pull them off as good as you did!

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

View swirt's profile


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#11 posted 05-09-2017 01:25 PM

@TZH Thanks. The modeling clay idea came from the idea I was showing my son how to make a mold and pour the extra resin I had into the mold. I was drawing the connection to how this was the old school 3D scanner and 3D printer. Then it hit me that I could use it to pour resin into a crack that goes around a surface. :)

@bobassaurus Thank you.

@Tooch Thanks. I think you are right. It feels great to step out of our comfort zones once in a while and survive.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 05-09-2017 01:25 PM

This is a rustic beauty. It is so creative an nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 05-09-2017 02:30 PM

Wow that’s a serious saw, where did you get it?

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#14 posted 05-09-2017 03:04 PM

@helluvawreck Thank you.

@gargey – That saw hung in my family’s garage as far back in my childhood as I can remember. It may have belonged to my grandfather. I cleaned it up back in 2010 and filed its teeth to change it from crosscut to rip. Here is the write-up I did at the time. One-man crosscut saw to rip
You can find them around at garage sales sometimes. There is at least one company that is still making them new, I noticed it has the same tooth pattern, but only on half of the saw.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 05-09-2017 04:50 PM

Fine natural elements.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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