To make the table, just repeat the steps, modifying only the dimensions.
I split two benches from a single poplar log with an 11" diameter.
The bench legs were split from a single 20" oak log. The wedges that secure the legs to the bench tops can be split from any hard, close-grained wood. Drive the second wedge into the spreading crack until the first can be removed. Use the brace and 1" bit, and drill completely through the split log.
Now, whittle one end of each into a rounded dowel that will fit snugly into one of the 1" leg holes. Finally, saw a 4"-deep slot into the shaped end of each of the legs to allow for compression when you use your mallet to drive them into their holes. Whittle each of these to a thin edge on one end, and smooth any rough spots. Now, reopen the compressed slots in the protruding ends of the legs with a saw, and use a mallet to drive a wedge into the slot of each leg. When these are tightly in place, cut the protruding ends of the legs flush with the bench top, and trim the bottom ends of the legs as required. A clear wood sealer is all the finish this rustic furniture needs.
Today is the day you will learn what to look for when harvesting lumber to make log furniture. In this video you will learn what to look for when selecting your raw logs to make log furniture. Aside from the fact that cutting live trees is not a good forestry practice, freshly cut live trees do not make for good furniture. If not cured properly, green or wet logs tend to warp dramatically in the drying process. Freshly cut green logs should not be used for making furniture.
You can compare a wet log and a dry log to feel the difference.
You will see for yourself it is quite obvious when a tree is cut green. First, scrape the log to check for flaking of the bark. Do not use the sharp edge as it will dig into, and potentially damage the wood. Another indicator that timber was not dead standing and cut green are the characteristics of the limbs. The manner in which the limbs have been knocked off the log is important. When a tree dies in nature the limbs are knocked off naturally. These branches tend to break off closer to the trunk. In contrast, a tree that was cut green has limbs that tend to protrude further out from the tree trunk. The moisture in dead standing lumber has left the tree from the top to bottom. Even though a tree may have died naturally in the forest, it doesn’t mean it is always good for log furniture building. Fallen trees often lay on the forest floor absorbing moisture on one side. These logs may be fully dry on one side while rotting on the other side. Rotten wood will be soft and spongy to the touch or will actually chunk off when scraped or gouged. This not only makes the wood more accessible, it allows for rain, snow, and condensation moisture to be exposed to the sun and not seep into the wood. Remember, never store your wood horizontal on racks as moisture damage will occur. Watch this video now to see how easy it is to make your own log furniture. The tree is only about 6″ in diameter and pretty sappy. Please let me know if this would work or how to do it better.
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