I can’t take credit for this next before and after… it was actually my neighbour, Barry, that made this – but as soon as he showed me what he’d made I HAD to share it.
Barry started with a large sheet (thicker than a sheet really, but I don’t know what else to call it) of a tree. Not lumber, because the sides aren’t planed down and it still has all the character of the tree with a mish-mash of measurements – a big, thick sheet/slab.
What I love most about this project (besides the finished product) is that this piece is cut up and down the trunk and isn’t a cross-section. I’m not sure of the logistics of this, but it seems like a better use of the wood to me. Barry said this was actually a branch section – so this was an old guy for sure.
Barry had an old stainless steel coffee table frame to use for the legs, so he cut the slab down to fit those measurements. He had to jig saw the bark edges off, and – just in case you can’t tell from the photos – he did a LOT of sanding.
He used a Tung Oil (Tung Oil Finish is an oil-based protective finish that gives wood a soft, semi-gloss luster. It is durable, easily maintained, and highly resistant to staining) and a few layers of clear coat over top – sanding between coats.
You can tell just by looking at this how much effort was put into it.
Something like this – not even hand crafted – would run well over $1,000 and wouldn’t be nearly as gorgeous.
This piece has so much character and history to it.
Barry painted the stainless steel legs and I love the natural-meets-industrial look it gives this piece.
Truly an heirloom.
Spring wishlist: to find a fallen tree and take a shot at creating something like this.
Stunning – and thank you Barry for letting me share it here!
Have a great one!