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Simple, beautiful wooden table design to inspire others

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Shared by Mark Addison | Question date:  Aug 16, 2022 | Member since:  Aug 16, 2022

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I really hope to inspire others to create something beautiful. Even if you don't have a lot of power tools or knowledge or time even. This project really didn't take that long and I wouldn't say I particularly have much knowledge of woodworking. But I find people you chat to, usually are willing to offer a little advice here and there. So it's easy to muddle your way to the end.

So I wanted to make a table for our cabin that was simple and beautiful and very useful. I wanted it to have a good presence. Be impressive, but also understated at the same time. I wanted something as a family, we could all help with, but not something that would take forever and people would start getting bored. Therefore this wooden table project was ideal and I feel like saying the longest time involved in this project was actually collecting the parts together.

So I came up with a design for our new family wooden table. A design that would just let a beautiful piece of wood do all the talking. Wood is so beautiful to touch and the color is amazing too. Warm and soft. The cat might not have helped to make it, but she certainly enjoys sitting on it.

So luckily my neighbour had this huge chunk of wood in storage from a fairly large tree that had blown down in a storm a few years ago. I think it is actually cedar wood. He had chopped up most of the tree and stored it for firewood. We did a little trade, I helped him build a wall in his yard and in exchange he gave me the chunk of wood. It was actually beautiful and has a live edge on both sides and it was a really good thickness too.

It was rough sawn with a chain saw. So I basically sanded it down using an orbital sander. I'm not too worried about it being absolutely perfectly flat and wanted to put some blood and sweat into it.

This was the longest process. The wife and kids actually helped a lot and as a family we sanded and sanded and kept bringing this beautiful piece of wood closer and closer to looking like a family table.

Then I found a local guy who can weld things and commissioned the metal legs. Just flat strips of steel welded at angles so I could attach them to the underside of the wood. I actually lacquered the steel so it would stay shiny looking for longer. I don't know if I needed to do that, but I did it anyway.

Then as a family we all signed our names underneath and covered the table in resin. Then a little more sanding and polishing.

Actually, now I come to think about it, it was a load of work. But well worth it I think. And now we all can eat at the table that we made together, which is lovely. It wasn't really that hard of a project, just a lot of elbow grease needed and now we have something we can enjoy for a lifetime or two.

Good luck with your projects.
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Shared by Mark Addison
Question date:  Aug 16, 2022
Member since:  Aug 16, 2022