Having an end table made of a chunk of tree may be a usual thing as most people are already has ones in their home. However, it will be fun and unique if you have log slice table that you can still see the bark and the age rings. Tree decor is getting popular in this decade everywhere such as coat hooks, candle holders, branch chandeliers, and log pedestals. You can find this similar table in the furniture stores or the internet that have many varieties to choose. The problem with buying ones is the high price. You can solve it by fully build it or cannibalize several pieces into your own log table. Here are guide to build your own wood craft ideas project.
The most important thing in this wood craft ideas project is finding the log for the table top. You could find ones when someone cut a tree and stack them on the yard. The owner should be willingly to give it away for free. They would also let you grab those large sections of downed pine. You will need a five inch slice of the wood for the table top. Cut it using a chain saw as it will leave the wood rough and uneven. Use a belt sander to level out the surface. It levels uneven wood spots very quickly leaves imperfections effect to the wood. And then use orbital sander to the log. Start with 80 grit to remove the marks of the belt sander. Increase the grit gradually until you end with 200. This give the end result a nice and smooth finish. Grab a rag and air compressor to clean the dust completely.
To protect the wood from nicks and liquids, apply three coats of polyacrylic to the top. It provides great protection but still preserve the vicinity of the tree rings. You will also need to protect the bark on the side by applying clear lacquer spray. Wait and let it dry. You can now continue to add the legs to the log. The easy way to do this is by buying leg pieces in store or cannibalize from a stool or table. You can visit thrift shop to find cheaper ones. You can spray paint the glossy legs with flat black paint to acquire a more rustic look. Now the wood craft ideas project is done and you can place it in the living room where you can put vas or books.