Evil Tree Table

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Project by WoodenSoldier posted 09-05-2013 06:22 AM 1676 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call it the Evil Tree table because quite obviously it looks like an evil tree (to me anyhow).
This table was a commission for a friend of a friend of a friend. As usual, I didn’t charge enough and put more time into it than I planned to. It came out pretty cool, but by the time I was done I was craving some traditional joinery to feed my woodworking soul. As simple and tedious as this thing was, the most traditional thing I did in it was using chisels to carve out a slot for the bracket to hold the top on.

Top is a redwood burl slab I didn’t do much to besides flattening, sanding, and hole filling. The base is made from stacked pieces of poplar which were glued together then power carved with the Arbortek power plane attachment. I used a single coat of the Minwax black stain and then sanded the high points to give it some contrast. Finished the base with two layers of wipe on poly and the top with 5 coats of conversion varnish.

The customer said he wanted a “mail table” to put in his front hallway, something a little higher than a normal table. Well, I’m afraid I may have gone overboard and made it a little too high. It’s about 44” which practically makes it seem like a bar table, especially considering the rest of the design.

-- Create something everyday.

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 07:44 AM

I like this!! Very nice!
I think you should of carved some places out on the top and base and fill them with crushed turquoise or MOP!
Great table! I hope your customer likes it!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 11:09 AM

I have made some root stands for bonsai trees. It’s so ironic to carve one tree (or lumber in this case) to look like a tree that it was in the first place! It is easier said than done! Good job and vision!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 11:51 AM

One of a kind table there! Cool looking…... and one thing that struck me was that the base could be inverted and still have a great effect. Depending on how tall your friend of a friend of a friend is, 44” might be about right.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 03:42 PM

That is cool WoodenSoldier! From your description it sounds like a fun project that turned into a bit of a chore. hahaha What is the light colored patch in the crotch of the ‘tree’? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 09:29 PM

What an impressive build. I am speechless. Just amazing.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 09-10-2013 01:29 PM

Cool and one of a kind table! Gorgeous top and mysterious looking base. Great work!

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