Published at Friday, November 30th 2018. by Lana Harper in End Table.
Turning a log like this into an end table like this on modern builds. So the first thing you're going to need is a hammer and a Wunderbar or something to pry with and you're just going to take that first layer, a bark off of the log after that's done, you're going to take your Wunderbar and just scrape off the second layer you once it's all clean, I just did a quick sweep. Then I grab the chalk line and some nails. This next step is to get the height of your tabletop and also to make it flat. So what I'm doing here is I'm measuring from the ground to where I want my tabletop to be, and then I'm just nailing in about five nails into the log, not very deep, not enough to leave a mark and what you're going to do is use these. As the guide, through your chalk line, so what you'll do is you'll just wrap this around the log and then once it's all flat and level you'll just go ahead and snap your line and you'll have a good level guide to cut. Don't forget to pull out your nails and now it's time to get the chainsaw so something I found that really helped was to make a guide by just cutting in about an inch into the log all the way around this way, you have a reference for flat And you know if you're getting off course so before I could go any further, the stop at the end of the blade with getting in my way. So I just had to take that off really quick.
Now, if you're, using a chainsaw that doesn't have a bar, that's thicker than the log, then this is going to take a little while so just be patient. Don't rush, because you want this tabletop to be flat, otherwise, you're going to spend all day, sanding and flattening. So here I'm just kind of cleaning it up, picking off a couple high points and then sweeping alright. So next I just got some twenty grit, sandpaper and just went to town after the top was finished. Then I moved down to the side. Sending this especially the first time through is going to take a long time, and you want to make sure you do a good job at it make sure you get into all the crevices, all the all the creases. Everything like that and make it really smooth, then I just sanded the top edge and rounded it off, so my log had been sitting outside for quite a while, even though I left it in for about a week to dry, it was still a little bit wet. So what I did was, I just set a few lights down to get some radiant heat and a fan right next to it to kind of blow some air through to let it dry out a little bit. While I let that dry, I got a piece of scrap three-quarter inch plywood to make the spacer for the bottom of the log. So what I did was, I just drew a circle on the top of the plywood that had a radius of about two inches less than the log.
Then I cut it out on the bandsaw. Then I got a drill and some wood screws and all I did would you Center it and attach it to the bottom of the log. Then you can flip it back over and check it out pretty cool. Next, I scented the entire log with sixty grit and my log on the top had a little bit of rot. So I had to dig that out with a pair of scissors and a paint can opener until I got down to solid wood. Hopefully, yours doesn't have this. After that, I moved to some 120 and sanded the entire thing again you're going to be doing a lot of sanding on this project. If you want to make it nice, then I moved to some 240 grit and just sanded the tabletop. This time, then, another switch to 320 and just hand sanded the top after that it was time for a finish I'm just using tung oil, which looks nice in hindsight I probably Justin what I've done a clear coat. I really like the really light finish of this pine log, but if you like, the tung oil goes for it do whatever you want. This is where you get to make it yours, you're, going to use a lot of finish doing the top because that's all ingrained! No matter how much you sand it, it's going to soak up a lot of finish after your stay in the sides.
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