Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's log, it's log, it's big, it's heavy, it's wood...

It's log, it's log, it's better than's good!

Not every project can be glamorous, as a matter of fact, most of my projects aren't glamorous. But this one is almost too embarrassing to write about.

Teener saw a stump side table in a West Elm catalog that she liked.

West Elm Product Page

I'll admit, it isn't exactly my style, but I kind of like the simplicity of it. Here's the hilarious part though, it's $200 before shipping (and I can only imagine what shipping is for a log).

Teener's parents basically live in the woods, and her dad loves cutting down trees. So a couple visits back we had them bring us a couple logs so that we could make our own. And then I left those stumps outside for about 2 years.

This last week I got around to making one. The first problem I ran into was trying to level the surfaces. You can only get it so close with a chainsaw, and I don't have any other saw large enough to cut through them. So I resorted to using a power planer to wear one down. That worked until I smoked the motor.

So, then I did the rest with a belt sander and finished it off with an orbital. I gotta say, it sits flat and is pretty level (level enough to safely rest a glass on). A little hand sanding, some stain and spar urethane and I am pretty happy with it.

Here is the finished one drying on its sibling.

Since if took a couple hours of tedious work to level it off, I don't know if/when I will get around to doing the other one.

And here it is in the room it was made for:

Now all we need is a cold fall night, a fire in the fireplace, and a glass of red wine to put on it.