Tree slice table

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Project by rrdesigns posted 03-18-2014 03:15 AM 2099 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table was made from a slice of a birch tree with some wonderful heartwood. Unfortunately I failed to take a before photograph of the side I ended up choosing for the top. The “in the rough” photo shows the underside as it came to me from the client wanting to turn it into a table.The real challenge with this piece was hiding the checking and splits that appeared in the slice as it dried. The last photo shows one of the splits after filling it with epoxy. I then used acrylic paints to blend the epoxy filled areas into the top. After I was satisfied with the look, I covered the whole thing with a bar top finish. The base came from a black jack oak tree in my yard that had to be dropped after suffering damage from a storm. It is attached to the top with a large dowel.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#1 posted 03-18-2014 11:03 AM

Very nice. How long did you dry it for? None of the checking extended out to the edge?

-- Malcolm Laurel -

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 12:25 PM

Good looking table. Getting that base to work so well was a toughie I’ll bet. You did a nice job.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 01:04 PM

@MalcolmLaurel, the checking did extend to the edge in one place, but the bark remained intact. Acrylic paint was my friend in hiding the split after I filled the gap with adhesive.The client had let the piece dry for a few months and it sat in my shop for another 2 months after I received it.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#4 posted 03-24-2014 04:09 PM

Cool table! Like the gorgeous heart wood and the bark inclusion. Beautiful work!

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