Introduction: Hanging Cypress Table

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I happened to see a hanging table on a TV show, although that one was round, I thought that the unique shape of cypress would look a lot better. And I just happened to have one.

Step 1: Safety, Materials, and Tools

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I used the appropriate safety items as needed. These included safety glasses, dust mask, and hearing protection.

Tools

  • Sanding Blocks
  • Cordless Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Wood Carving Chisels
  • Hammer

Materials

  • Cypress Wood Blank
  • Agate
  • Minwax Polycrylic
  • Minwax Stain
  • JB Weld
  • Wood Filler
  • Rope

Step 2: Cypress Wood and Agate

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Cypress

Is a soft light porous wood that grows in the South East area of the US. I acquired this blank about 20 years ago from Florida. I used to make Cypress Clocks from the blanks. I had this tucked away in the garage and quite frankly forgot about it.

Agate

Is a rock that always appealed to my eye. It can be found on Ebay and other online stores.

I decided to make the table after seeing one on the TV show Fixer Upper.

Rope

I bought the rope at a local craft store. It was called Jute, commonly called burlap in US.

Step 3: Sanding and Inserting the Piece of Agate

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The blank was bought already cut. I started with 100 grit sandpaper and finished with 220 grit.

I thought this piece of agate looked like the center ring of a tree, so I inserted into the middle of the blank. My first attempt at carving was mildly successful. I used a stainable sandable wood filler for a few deep holes and cracks. That was a mistake! It was sandable but didn't take any stain at all. A little brown paint hid that. I had some JB Weld on hand and used it to glue the agate to the wood. I'm sure any type of epoxy glue would have worked.

Step 4: Drilling Holes

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I used my cordless drill and a 1/2" drill bit to bore the holes. I traced the outline of a bucket to get the outline of a circle. And then eyeballed where I wanted to drill the 4 holes for the rope to come out of.

Step 5: Staining and Poly

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If you never worked with cypress the first thing you learn while staining is there is no wiping it off. It absorbs the stain like a sponge. As fast as you wipe or brush it on it sucks it right into the wood.

I used a dark Minwax "Windsor Oak" stain.

I put on 5 coats of the Minwax polycrylic, which absorbed the first coat. I couldn't be happier using this product. It goes on quickly and dries quickly. And it's water and soap cleanup. I used a brush to apply it.

Notice in the second picture I mixed a small batch of a 2 part epoxy finish that had been lying around from the clock building days. It yellowed so badly that I decide to go with the polycrylic finish.

Step 6: More Coats of Polycrylic

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Adding more coats and sanding between each coat with 400 grit sandpaper. I ended up happy with 5 coats of the Poly.

Step 7: And 2 Coats of Poly

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on the bottom to seal it.

Step 8: Installing the Rope

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I connected 2 lengths of 15 feet of rope through the bottom of the table. Each length going through two holes.

Each cypress slab is unique but I liked the way this one looked. Thank you for looking.

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