A friend gave me this beautiful piece of cherry that used to be a mantle. I pondered about it for some time before deciding to simply make it into a sofa table. I thought the natural legs would be a nice contrast to the figured cherry.
Step 1: Gather Wood
A friend gave me this beautiful piece of live edge cherry. He said it used to be a mantle.
After pondering abt what to do with it I decided to make a sofa table. I thought a bunch of natural branches would be an interesting contrast to the cherry.
Any kind of branches will do as long as the are a hardwood. I cut a bunch from our gully and let them dry for a month.
Step 2: Drill Holes
I simply drilled some holes abt the same size as the branches I choose for the legs. Then after trimming them a little I inserted and secured them with 3 drywall screws.
Step 3: Add "rails and Stiles"
Just like building a chair or conventional table, you need to brace and strengthen the legs. Simple measure, trim and screw smaller branches to the legs until you think it is aesthetically pleasing and strong.
Step 4: And Your Done!
The cherry was already finished, I only had to buff it up a little with some paste wax and 00000 steel wool. I left the legs natural.