This little table is made from the trunks of two old Christmas trees, along with some scrap wood.
The trunk/pedestal of the table is tied in a knot. This was done by cutting the two trees up into many pieces, and then reconnecting them into a more interesting form. The trunk is only fastened to itself inline--meaning the sides of the trunk that pass near each other are not connected in anyway (nor do they touch).
This was an interesting experiment in woodworking, and the method used for making this is actually quite simple.
Thanks for taking a look.
Step 1: Old Christmas Trees
I have a small stockpile of (mostly) dried Christmas tree trunks from which I chose two of the same species for this project. However, any relatively straight piece of tree branch or small tree would work.
Step 2: Clean Up the Trunk
I then sanded the trunks lightly with 100 grit sandpaper to knock down any jagged edges. I didn't go too heavy-handed though, as I wanted to leave as much bark and moss as I could.
Step 3: Make a Base
These pieces were glued and screwed together, and then the entire thing was cut into a circle shape with a jig saw.
Step 4: Cut Up the Trunks
I then began cutting the trunks into small pieces and laying them out in order of size. All cuts were done on an electric miter saw.
I set my miter saw at 13 degrees, and rotated the trunks 180 degrees after each each cut. Each cut-off piece was about 1 1/2" on the tallest side.
Step 5: Glue and Nail Pieces Back Together
This was done with a small brad nailer and 1 1/4" brads.
Step 6: Make It Up As You Go
The important things to remember here are to put a thin layer of glue on both surfaces to be joined, and to not shoot yourself with the nail gun. Work carefully, and mind your finger and hand placement.
Step 7: Finished Pedestal
Step 8: Table Top
These were all cut and joined together using a biscuit joiner, biscuits, glue, and clamps.
Step 9: Finishing
The table top, pedestal, and base received a few coats of semi-gloss lacquer.
Step 10: Attach Top to Pedestal
It's an interesting piece, and I am very happy with how it turned out. Let me know what you think!