Selecting Pieces of Wood:
For this project I used a piece of cut Cedar for the table top and base and a piece of Juniper for the table leg; but you don't have to use these types of wood! Almost ANY kind of wood can be used.
The table will be more interesting and beautiful if it has some nice bends and color, so use your imagination when you select pieces to use. Look for fallen trees from storms, or from an old logging area, or find driftwood from a lake side.
The pieces don't have to be perfect. If there are some rotten areas, I will show you how to transform the wood into a gorgeous table!
I am using a base that is about 1 1/2 inches thick and a table top that is about 2 inches thick. Make your pieces however thick you want, just leave it thick enough for strength. These tables are not very heavy when they are done.Note:
Make sure your wood pieces are fully dry before you make your table. Various Rocks (to fill any rotten areas of the wood)
You don't have to pick any special kind of rocks, just look for pieces that have nice color and shine when they are wet. Some of the rocks I used are called Mica, but use what you are able to find. If the pieces are big you can break them down with a hammer or large rock. Wear safety glasses!Varnish
When your table is done, you'll have to finish it with Varnish. The product I used (see photo)
is very thick and works GREAT for this project. It makes a varnish layer that is 50 times thicker than regular varnish. You might want to try looking for it online, or buy a similar product where you live. If you must use regular Varnish, simply add enough coats to ensure the wood is well protected and sealed.Tools & Additional Supplies
- Hand saw or chain saw to cut the wood pieces to take home and to cut later to size.
- Sander & Sandpaper (Electric is faster, but you can use a sandpaper block)
- Planer (if your wood is cut too uneven for a sander)
- Chisel or other sharp tool (to clean away loose and rotten areas of wood)
- Drill & Drill bit (to cut dowel holes)
- Pre-made dowels to attach table top (Available at most home improvement stores, or you can make them.)
- Wood glue
- A few screws (to attach the base to the table leg)
- Disposable dish to mix your varnish
- Paintbrushes to apply your varnish
- Propane Torch (to heat the varnish and remove any air bubbles. Also recommended by the Varnish I used.)
- Strong Wide Tape (used on wood edges where rocks are used as a filler, to keep rocks from falling out.)
- Work bench & some clamps (to secure your wood pieces during sanding).
- Tape Measure
Varnish can make a mess, so you might also want to use a drop cloth or a large scrap piece of cardboard to protect your work area.Note: Make sure you use safety glasses, and any ear protection, as needed when using power tools!