Here are a few ideas for the left-overs.
Step 1: 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)
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
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.
Step 3: A "Butt" Table for the Office
To keep the crack from spreading, I put the slab in a garbage bag, added 4 cans of denatured alcohol, and let it sit and soak in a plastic bin for several days before staining, etc.
The stand was just a left over piece of an old table.
Here's the 'able for creating a butt table:
Step 4: Corner Table
The top of the table was made using smaller branches that were ripped in half, exposing the interesting internal rings and veins, and then pieced together side-by-side.
This table's main branch also had a secondary branch that could be used for a coat hook. Finally, a lamp was added and the wires hidden in the back, secured to the branch with Sugru.
Step 5: Address Totem Pole
Step 6: Sign (Sigh)
Alas, the sign does not work. Still keep getting roofers and people selling magazines.
Step 7: Shelf
First get a good sized branch and split it in two (that is where a table saw comes in handy). Use one of the halves for the shelf.
Then find two quarter-sized diameter branches that have a "crotch". Cut them to size and they are used as the supports for the shelf.
To hold the supports to the wall, I drilled lil' tiny holes in the top and bottom and secured them using hat pins to the wall.
Step 8: Push Stick
Step 9: Pencil Holder
Step 10: Locket
Step 11: Jewelry Tree
Step 12: Hooks
These were also embellished with some scroll writing on the top of the hooks for added decoration.
Detailed Instructable for hooks is at:
Step 13: Hook (close Up)
Here's how one of the hooks looks when applied to the wall. Again, two lil' tiny holes were drilled; one on the top and one on the bottom and hat pins were used to secure the hook to the wall.
Other photo shows close-up of another batch o' hooks.
Step 14: Hook, Variation 2
Step 15: Mirror or Picture Frame
Step 16: Frame, Variation 2
Step 17: Foot Rest
Step 18: Corner Table, Variation 2
A lil' tiny aspen leaf was also decoupaged on the front for added flair.
(There is also a lil' tiny speck of blood that is not visible in this shot.)
Step 19: Coat Rack
This is from a larger branch that had a number of smaller off-shoots. The base is from an old bird feeder and filled with cement to make it steady. But man, is it heavy.
Step 20: Shoe Rack
Here's a rack to place at the front of your house or cubicle for guests to place their shoes. A couple of crotch branches at the bottom were used to hold up the rack.
Step 21: Hat Rack #3
Here's another hat rack, the bottom is a set of banana-split feet with a hole between them.
Note I just poly'ed this one-- didn't bother with the stain since the cottonwood looked pretty cool just naked.
Step 22: Coasters
sized branch, using a table saw. These could be stained and back-glued with felt for someone who does use coasters.
Step 23: Hook, Variation 3
Step 24: Moon
Step 25: Bird Feeder
Step 26: Corner Table, Variation 3
Step 27: Butt Table, Variation 2
Instructable for this table is at:
Step 28: Corner Table, Variation 4
In this table, which is not yet complete, I plan to put 120-volt powered LED's at the very tips of the branches that swoop over the table.
Step 29: Water Fountain or Plant Stand
Warnings about this project:
1) It is hard to find a solar powered water pump (reasonably priced)
2) It is hard to find an electric switch that turns automatically ON during the day but OFF at night
3) It is hard to dig up a trench for electrical cable
4) Water pumps do not come with their own screen/filter
5) Water evaporates fast in the summer
6) Pumps burn out when there is no water for them to pump
Step 30: Chair
Step 31: Hook, Variation 4
Step 32: Hook, Variation 5
This is actually a double hook.
It was made out of a branch that I picked up near the Maginot Line in France.
Step 33: Help-I've-Fallen-and-Can't-Get-Off-My-Butt Table
This is a lil' tiny butt table built to hold the LifeLine (of the "Help, I've fallen and I can't get up" fame). Here a left over trunk is used as a base.
Step 34: Guitar Stand
Couple of crotch branches, held in place by a trunkette
Step 35: Yoga Mat Stand
Smaller version of a guitar stand, useful for holding yoga mat. Or toilet plunger maybe.