Intro: Knotted Tree Table (from Old Christmas Trees)
This little table is made from the trunks of two old Christmas trees, along with some scrap wood.
The trunk/pedestal of the table is tied in a knot. This was done by cutting the two trees up into many pieces, and then reconnecting them into a more interesting form. The trunk is only fastened to itself inline--meaning the sides of the trunk that pass near each other are not connected in anyway (nor do they touch).
This was an interesting experiment in woodworking, and the method used for making this is actually quite simple.
Thanks for taking a look.
Step 1: Old Christmas Trees
Every year when the holidays are over, I trim the branches off of my used Christmas tree and keep the trunk so I can reuse it to make something later. A couple of years ago I made this Christmas Tree Didgeridoo.
I have a small stockpile of (mostly) dried Christmas tree trunks from which I chose two of the same species for this project. However, any relatively straight piece of tree branch or small tree would work.
Step 2: Clean Up the Trunk
I began by clamping my tree trunks to my work table and used a reciprocating saw to trim off all the branch nubs that were left from when I originally snipped off the branches.
I then sanded the trunks lightly with 100 grit sandpaper to knock down any jagged edges. I didn't go too heavy-handed though, as I wanted to leave as much bark and moss as I could.
Step 3: Make a Base
I made a base out of some used pieces of 2 by 4. All of these pieces had been part of an old picnic table, hence the nice weathered look.
These pieces were glued and screwed together, and then the entire thing was cut into a circle shape with a jig saw.
Step 4: Cut Up the Trunks
I began by cutting a 12-inch piece from the bigger of the two trunks to start the pedestal. This first piece was glued and screwed to the base from underneath.
I then began cutting the trunks into small pieces and laying them out in order of size. All cuts were done on an electric miter saw.
I set my miter saw at 13 degrees, and rotated the trunks 180 degrees after each each cut. Each cut-off piece was about 1 1/2" on the tallest side.
Step 5: Glue and Nail Pieces Back Together
I began gluing and nailing the pieces back onto the first piece of tree trunk that was attached to the base.
This was done with a small brad nailer and 1 1/4" brads.
Step 6: Make It Up As You Go
The angle on the pieces allowed them to be spun around and placed however I saw fit.
The important things to remember here are to put a thin layer of glue on both surfaces to be joined, and to not shoot yourself with the nail gun. Work carefully, and mind your finger and hand placement.
Step 7: Finished Pedestal
I added some extra branches above the knot section to support the table top.
Step 8: Table Top
The table top was made from pieces of 3" pine that I had left over from other projects.
These were all cut and joined together using a biscuit joiner, biscuits, glue, and clamps.
Step 9: Finishing
The table top was stained with emerald green water-based stain. I didn't like the way it looked at first, so I added a layer of rosewood stain over the green. This gave it a nice earthy color that I was more pleased with.
The table top, pedestal, and base received a few coats of semi-gloss lacquer.
Step 10: Attach Top to Pedestal
The table top was attached to the pedestal with black screws through the table top into the branches.
It's an interesting piece, and I am very happy with how it turned out. Let me know what you think!