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Red cedar Thanksgiving table



I took some bigger branches, and smaller cedar trees to make a table. I first cut the wood to a rough length. I made a simple jig to cut the wood on my table saw. You cut the round side off till you have it flat on three sides then you cut the rest to the thickness you want. Then I set the boards on a flat surface then used pocket screws and glue to hold them together. Then I set my face boards I made these thicker and longer. So it takes some time to find the right branch to make this work. Use glue, and pocket screwsscrews to put the face boards on. I cut the legs. This is a bit of a trick they need to be bigger to hold the weight. So these have to be cut with a saw saw. I used glue, pocket screws and bracing to hold it all together. Finally it needs a good sanding, and two coats of lacquer. To really make the wood come to life.

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  • You do some amazing work on a table saw. So why dose that dark purple fade? It would be wonderful to have a table that color.
    By deer run, on November 2, 2016

  • I like that you really gave a lot of pictures. Is that jig a 1x6 with the wood just set inside? How do you keep it from moving? Do you have trouble with the boards warping? Very the leas that is an amazing table.
    By Trey1987, on November 2, 2016

  • To answer some questions. First the purple it just turns to that red, brown. It must be just left over water in the tree. No I do not have trouble with boards curving. The tree sits on the ground for many years before I use it so it is mostly dry. I also used bigger thicker boards for this table. I did have a slight amount of board shrinking; but I did account for that. Yes that jig is just a scrap 1x6 with two block of scrap wood. Their is 4 deck screws. Two to hold the scrap wood to the 1x6, and two to hold the log to the scrap wood. It is also worth saying I have been working on that table for a while so it was. Very fortuitous that this is the competition this month. Thank you all so much for the comments. It is nice to have your work appreciated.
    By schmidtbuilt1982, on November 2, 2016

  • omg that is amazing it is hard to believe that table was once a tree. thank you for the pic and 411 but i could never do something that advanced.
    By kimsmith, on November 2, 2016

  • Such a great table project! Thanks for including the pictures- so cool to watch it take shape from a tree to furniture.
    By RYOBI Nation, on November 2, 2016

  • Congrats!
    By fEzZ, on December 1, 2016


  • Congratulations on your win! Love this table and all the very cool colors running thru it.
    By rchampine, on December 6, 2016

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Red cedar Thanksgiving table

by schmidtbuilt1982
Nov 01, 2016

I took some bigger branches, and smaller cedar trees to make a table. I first cut the wood to a rough length. I made a simple jig to cut the wood on my table saw. You cut the round side off till you have it flat on three sides then you cut the rest to the thickness you want. Then I set the boards on a flat surface then used pocket screws and glue to hold them together. Then I set my face boards I made these thicker and longer. So it takes some time to find the right branch to make this work. Use glue, and pocket screwsscrews to put the face boards on. I cut the legs. This is a bit of a trick they need to be bigger to hold the weight. So these have to be cut with a saw saw. I used glue, pocket screws and bracing to hold it all together. Finally it needs a good sanding, and two coats of lacquer. To really make the wood come to life.