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LOG END TABLE



I have often watched logs burning in a fireplace and wondered what the wood could have become. I purchased these logs for $2 a piece from a guy selling firewood on Craigslist. He claimed they are white oak but I am not sure. By stripping off the bark and sanding the log smooth I created a nice piece that can be used as a stool or as a side table. What’s great about this project is that you can make a something for less than $10 that sells at furniture stores for more than $200.

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    1. Step: 1

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      Cut the log. Trim the ends of the log to get reasonably flat end surfaces. Chainsaws are not most precise tools so just do your best and rely on the angle grinder to fix the mistakes. Make sure the log is secure and will not move while you cut it. Always use the appropriate safety gear.

    2. Step: 2

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      Cut off the bumps. Use the chainsaw to remove any large bumps or branches.

    3. Step: 3

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      Remove the outer layers of bark. I used a hatchet to remove the outer layer of bark. A hammer and chisel work will also work.

    4. Step: 4

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      Remove the inner layer of bark. I used an angle grinder with a 40 grit flap disc to remove the remaining bark.

    5. Step: 5

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      Level the ends. Use the angle grinder with the flap disc to grind the ends flat and level.

    6. Step: 6

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      Sand it smooth. I start the finishing sanding with the angle grinder and 100 grit flap disc before switching to hand sanding and my orbital sander with 220 grit paper to finish it.

    7. Step: 7

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      Finish. Polyurethane or acrylic will protect wood with a hardened plastic finish but I would rather have stains and scratches than the feel of plastic. I used a natural wood counter finish made from linseed oil and beeswax. It provides protection without toxicity.

    8. Step: 8

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      Enjoy! For more how-to projects from Handmade Modern, visit handmademodern.com.

Comments (1)


  • I love love all your work ... it is clean, so methodical, meticulous and in such good design taste ... love the mediums of concrete and wood separately and together all my life, so this is a real find for me ... thanx for your methodology and fine teaching.
    By Ooohlaa, on December 14, 2014

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LOG END TABLE

by Homemade Modern
Mar 21, 2014
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I have often watched logs burning in a fireplace and wondered what the wood could have become. I purchased these logs for $2 a piece from a guy selling firewood on Craigslist. He claimed they are white oak but I am not sure. By stripping off the bark and sanding the log smooth I created a nice piece that can be used as a stool or as a side table. What’s great about this project is that you can make a something for less than $10 that sells at furniture stores for more than $200.

Project Steps

  1. Step: 1
    Huge dc89101f 13ae 4241 8ef9 85a3014a0ab7

    Cut the log. Trim the ends of the log to get reasonably flat end surfaces. Chainsaws are not most precise tools so just do your best and rely on the angle grinder to fix the mistakes. Make sure the log is secure and will not move while you cut it. Always use the appropriate safety gear.

  2. Step: 2
    Huge 232dd52e a3a1 4547 99f6 09dd576b97b2

    Cut off the bumps. Use the chainsaw to remove any large bumps or branches.

  3. Step: 3
    Huge d9dad3a5 9fd5 4e14 ad34 a84209633d97

    Remove the outer layers of bark. I used a hatchet to remove the outer layer of bark. A hammer and chisel work will also work.

  4. Step: 4
    Huge 6cdf70b7 d68a 426e bbb0 da408a1c3098

    Remove the inner layer of bark. I used an angle grinder with a 40 grit flap disc to remove the remaining bark.

  5. Step: 5
    Huge 08e359da 9b91 488a 9274 6cf55fcf0761

    Level the ends. Use the angle grinder with the flap disc to grind the ends flat and level.

  6. Step: 6
    Huge e0f3b190 956d 4d44 888d 139a590c0d55

    Sand it smooth. I start the finishing sanding with the angle grinder and 100 grit flap disc before switching to hand sanding and my orbital sander with 220 grit paper to finish it.

  7. Step: 7
    Huge b07f1fb6 eada 41f0 b6fb ab027d39154a

    Finish. Polyurethane or acrylic will protect wood with a hardened plastic finish but I would rather have stains and scratches than the feel of plastic. I used a natural wood counter finish made from linseed oil and beeswax. It provides protection without toxicity.

  8. Step: 8
    Huge 5f3921e8 2105 4e3f a265 40bb9db9d2b5

    Enjoy! For more how-to projects from Handmade Modern, visit handmademodern.com.