What to do With a Felled Tree

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If you have ever cut down a tree in pieces, you'll be left with a lot of debris.

Here are a few ideas for the left-overs.
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Step 1: Materials

All of the project examples were built using these simple tools and materials:

1) (Optional) Saws-All aka reciprocating saw with branch cutting blade (to cut down branches into rough lengths -- see photo)
2)  Table saw (to rip [i.e. cut length-wise] branches)
3) Chisels (Note when you go to buy these, make sure that they are pre-sharpened; some are not)
4) Dremel (for scroll work, sanding, tweaking)
5) (Optional) Electric sander
6) (Optional) Router (to carve indentations as needed)
7) Drill
7a) 1/8 inch drill bit
7b) 1 inch drill bit (or larger)
8) (Optional but a good excuse to get one) Nail gun
9) (Optional) Electric planer (to smooth down trunk slices)
10) (Optional) Jig saw

1) Tree and branches
2) Denatured alcohol (to remove sandpaper dust)
3) Dust mask
4) Sugru (for various hold-downs)
5) Wood glue
6) Drywall screws
7) LOTS of sandpaper, 150-220 grit.  No matter how much you buy, you'll never buy enough. I recommend the red Diablo brand; expensive but worth it
8) (Optional) Stain
9) (Optional) Polyurethane

Step 2: Dictionary O' Terms

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I use quite a few professional woodworker terms here, so let me explain them briefly:

Banana cut or slice: A round slice taken out of a branch, much like the way you slice a banana for a peanut butter sandwich.

Banana split: A length wise split down a branch, much like the way you cut a banana length-wise for a banana split.  Some people also refer to these as rip cuts.

Thingy or thingie: An object of some sort that you are supposed to understand.

Butt table slice: Same as a banana cut , but taken out of a trunk rather than just a branch.

Crotch: A limb containing a branch that shoots out at a good angle for making a hook.  Warning: a crotch stick can be rather itchy, though. (thanks to spanner1969 and annabelle's mom)

Miter: A cut that miter-might-not be exactly 45 degrees.
kraysak3 months ago
i really love the work in image number 12, i made something like that a few year ago
poofrabbit7 months ago
Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the weekend projects contest! I love how your projects turned out!!
cobinrox (author)  poofrabbit7 months ago
Thanks - from a distance some of my projects almost look like they were built by a normal person!
spanner19698 months ago
Hmmmm .... I didnt see Crotch in your professional woodworkers glossary!

cobinrox (author)  spanner19698 months ago
Oh! Thanks for pointing that out; prolly confused a lot of people!
jimvandamme8 months ago
Are you a Yooper? That would explain a lot.
cobinrox (author)  jimvandamme8 months ago
noper, just a visitor
Nice, just an observation, it is not "felled" it is "fallen"
cobinrox (author)  Trustthapo9 months ago
I felt the need to fell a tree;
But alas
It had already fallen.

I felled two of the trees, one had already fallen.
depends if it happened by accident or was cut down... 2 different words with different meanings
woodNfish9 months ago
You forgot a nice, warm fire.
cobinrox (author)  woodNfish9 months ago
Yup, I actually got rid of a lot of extra branches by giving them away at work; lots o' people needed firewood and it went pretty quickly.
mandolinible9 months ago
Step 7's shelf is like my friend's towel rail, so you could just put a branch across the hooks too. Great ideas here, thank you.
cobinrox (author)  mandolinible9 months ago
Hmmm, a towel rail would be a nice addition too, and put a few strong magnets on the hooks and you can easily put it on the front of the stove.
meejhem239 months ago
how did you treat the wood to prevent it from splitting and cracking when it dries?
cobinrox (author)  meejhem239 months ago
I didn't really treat any of the wood except for the one butt table; for that I soaked it in denatured alcohol (in a trash bag inside of a large plastic bin) for a few days. Other than than that, I just used oil-based stain and a few poly coatings.
mandolinible9 months ago
That's an incredible catalogue of useful and beautiful things. May I add one more? From the splinters - toothpicks!
TheDoctor119 months ago
omikeo9 months ago
lots of good stuff thanks, I did a butt table from some stump pieces that a local church took down my base was more substantial - kind of hard to level but solid
sarawelder9 months ago
thanks.. I have some wood in Yard to try these things with.. Particularly liked the butt table!
ClareBS9 months ago
Thanks for taking the time to show us all your creative ways to use a downed tree in this great instructable.
thebeatonpath9 months ago
Perfect timing! Came home from an international trip to discover a tree had fallen over our fence and I need to cut it up. Great ideas! Glad I saw this before the chain saw was turned on.
shazni9 months ago
vegasrandall9 months ago
it's thingy ! anybody should know that.
Those are great Ideas :). Thank you for sharing your awesomeness .
NelsonStudios9 months ago
My shop looks like that too.
billbillt9 months ago
Beautiful work! might i ask what kind of finish you use?
cobinrox (author)  mr.mountaineer9 months ago
Thanks -- Lots and lots of sandpaper followed by Zar oil-based stain, then two or three satin polyurethane coats.
WWC9 months ago
Great use of all the wood pieces, looks really nice.
blkhawk9 months ago
Beautiful pieces of art!

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