Step 2: Architecture
1) The table top (or butt)
2) The stand
3) The "feet"
Step 3: Tools and Materials
- Electric chain saw (about $50)
- Alternative to chain saw: reciprocating saw
- Chisels (be sure to buy chisels that are already sharpened)
- Electric sander
- Jig saw
- Dremel tool
- Nail gun
- Large stump for the table top
- Thick branch for the stand
- Medium thickness branch for the feet
- 150 and 220 grit sandpaper (lots)
- Oil-based stain
- Satin polyurethane
- 2 and 3 inch screws
Step 4: Terminology
Banana split: A length wise split down a branch, much like the way you cut a banana length-wise for a banana split. Some people also refer to these as rip cuts.
Butt table slice: Same as a banana cut , but taken out of a trunk rather than just a branch.
Crotch: A limb containing a branch that shoots out at a good angle for making a hook. Warning: a crotch stick can be rather itchy, though. (thanks to spanner1969 and anabelle)
Step 5: Step 1: Cut down a tree
Step 6: Table Top: Mark the slab width on trunk (1 min)
To help keep the resulting slab somewhat the same depth all around, first mark the depth all around the trunk. This will help keep your cut straight. A little.
Step 7: Table Top: do the cut thang (2 hrs)
Wear eye goggles and ear plugs!
Step 8: TIP: Ear Plugs