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Welcome to my first Instructable! Hope you enjoy it.

Please vote for me in the Furniture Contest. Thanks!

A few years ago, my wife had a client who wanted a table that looked like a tree for her breakfast nook. She had searched high and low, but couldn't find what she wanted. She heard that my wife, an artist, might be able to help her out. A couple of weeks later, she got what you see here.

We made this in our garage and forge, using scrap iron, Oriented-Strand Board (OSB), concrete countertop mix, and a few odds and ends.

 
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Step 1: Gather materials

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Materials

Scrap iron
available at your local steelyard for ~$.50/lb or
FREE if you know how to scrounge (cue Sanford & Son theme)
  -5" x 16" steel pipe
  -1" square tubing, various lengths
  -12-gauge sheet metal scraps
  -1"x1" scrap angle iron

Wood: 1- 4'x8'x3/4" sheet of OSB, cut in half
1" x 4" boards for forming concrete

Concrete countertop mix (different brands available)

Miscellaneous:
(2) Sheet expanded metal lath (~ $7 @Home Depot)
(1) Tube of Liquid nails or equivalent wood constructive adhesive
(1) Box drywall screws 1 1/4" long
Tar paper
Staples
(5) Wood screws 1/4 x 1" (to attach the branches to tabletop)
Felt furniture pads (little circles of felt available at Home Depot)
Concrete stains: yellow, red, and brown
Metallic paints: brass & copper
Concrete sealer

Tools:
1/2" drill with mixer attachment
5 gal. bucket to mix concrete
Staple gun
Tin snips
Scissors
Screwdriver
Arc or MIG welder

Forge, hammer and anvil
or
Vise, hammer, & 3-4' length of 2" pipe
clapfilk10 days ago

good

super


Thats awesome...

clickyummy1 month ago

good

bearblue1 month ago

nice

bearblue1 month ago

super

gazumpglue2 months ago

Thank you very much for your comments, Janice! I think that if someone takes the time to say something, the least I can do is thank them for it.

trinitygr65 months ago
I love your tree table. It looks so artistic. I think you are a great person to make a table. I would choose you for anything I want to make. You are fantastic artist. I will vote for you
KoomoriForge (author)  trinitygr65 months ago
Aw...you're making me blush! Thank you very much.
KoomoriForge (author)  cheesethumb6 months ago
Thank you very much!
KoomoriForge (author)  Janeska Malan7 months ago
Thanks, Janeska! It was fun to do.
KoomoriForge (author)  Janice Venter7 months ago
Thank you very much for your comments, Janice! I think that if someone takes the time to say something, the least I can do is thank them for it.
KoomoriForge (author)  sheepishbarber7 months ago
Thank you!
KoomoriForge (author)  dartlolly7 months ago
Thanks so much!
KoomoriForge (author)  potatopencil7 months ago
Thanks!
KoomoriForge (author)  WesZemel7 months ago
Thank you!
Mariska Botha7 months ago
Very cool and neatly done. Would love to see the kiddies version MAApleton suggested if you ever get round to making something like that.
KoomoriForge (author)  Mariska Botha7 months ago
Thanks, Mariska! I'll let you know if I go for it.
BunnyRoger7 months ago
I love this idea.... So so cool. Very unique.
KoomoriForge (author)  BunnyRoger7 months ago
Thank you very much!
So cool!! I love this idea, very creative!!
KoomoriForge (author)  Amanda Culbert7 months ago
Glad you like it. Thanks!
KoomoriForge (author)  bubblewrathful7 months ago
Thanks!
MAApleton7 months ago
I love this, would look amazing if you make a smaller one for a kid's room, and maybe even doing something similar as a chair to go with the table?
KoomoriForge (author)  MAApleton7 months ago
That's something to think about. Thanks!
KoomoriForge (author)  meetinglungs8 months ago
Thank you very much!
KoomoriForge (author)  janisjensen8 months ago
Thanks!
KoomoriForge (author)  irkedcache8 months ago
Glad you like it!
KoomoriForge (author)  Minderwinter8 months ago
Thank you!
KoomoriForge (author)  gleanmayonnaise8 months ago
Thanks!
KoomoriForge (author)  beautymelody8 months ago
Glad you like it!
KoomoriForge (author)  palebed8 months ago
Thank you!
KoomoriForge (author)  PsychicsHookup8 months ago
Thanks!
bshreve1 year ago
Looks great!

What did you use as an aggregate in the 'mud'?
KoomoriForge (author)  bshreve1 year ago
Thanks, bshreve!

We used sand as an aggregate to keep it smooth.
great
KoomoriForge (author)  keepintouch1 year ago
Thanks! Nice F/A-18 pic!
spylock1 year ago
Too cool,I can never find the materials to carry out such a beautiful project.the table fits my style and personality, Ive never saw one any finer.
KoomoriForge (author)  spylock1 year ago
Thank you very much for your compliments!

Spylock, you underestimate yourself and your abilities. Think positively! Do you know why WD-40 is called that? It's because WD (Water Displacing) formulas 1 thru 39 didn't work! They kept trying and eventually got it right.

Instructables is all about making something from "nothing", and showing others how you did it. If you want to do something badly enough, you'll figure it out. That's how I made this table. It took some time and thought, but I learned from my mistakes and, most importantly, I enjoyed every minute of it.

As for materials, they are all around you! If you walk around your neighborhood, I'd bet you would be surprised to see what people throw away. For years, I've been telling people I do blacksmithing, then asking them if they know of anyone who has any metal they want to get rid of. I've gotten some neat things that way. I take whatever I can get and, if I don't use within a certain period of time, I turn it in for scrap. Look up Nemomatic on this site to see what you can do with "junk".

Here's one of his ideas: http://www.instructables.com/id/Giant-Kinetic-Robot-sculpture-from-recycled-and-fo/

You can do it, Spylock. Get out there and try!
Very cool Sir...
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