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Trunk table

a slice of pine becomes a small table

Making a table from a tree trunk is not a complex project but requires patience. First of all it will be necessary to find the raw material. If your neighbor is cutting a plant (as in my case) or you have a gardener friend you could easily find the raw material. As an alternative to the first trip to the mountains, visit a sawmill!

  • Cutting and maturing

    The still fresh wood from the felling will be cut into longitudinal slices to the fiber so as to bring out the natural concentric ring design of the wood. Maintain a cut thickness of at least 10 cm.

    At this point the long wait begins. Season the slices produced with the cut for at least two years in a dry and ventilated place.

    If you see radial fissures appear, don't despair, they are almost inevitable, but there will be a remedy.

    Planing the floor

    The top surface of the table must be flat and soft to the touch and the coarse cut made with the chainsaw will certainly need to be perfected so it is the right time to try the electric plane.

    With the help of a straight strip, study the surface to see where it will be necessary to plan more to create a uniform surface. Pass the lath over the sawdust resulting from the planing from time to time. Where it will not remain signature is the point where to plan. With this simple technique you will be able to achieve good flatness.

  • Sanders

    A good orbital roto sander is ideal. Use finer sandpaper. For the first rough I used an 80 grit. For the last I used a 120.

    You will have to eliminate every sign of the planer, creating a smooth and soft surface, without splinters.


    Do not throw away the sawdust but knead it with vinyl glue and use this filler to fill the cracks.


    For the support use three feet, in this way the table will be stable. Fix them with screws directly to the solid wood. In this case I painted them with a nice green to match them with the furniture.

    The total height is about 35 cm. Counting that the trunk is about 10 cm high. If the top is not leveled, place shims under the foot on the lower side before fixing it. They will be invisible when work is completed.

    Plan Protection

    I advise against leaving the wood without a protection, it would become gray with dust and could be stained. So it is essential to paint it, or to obtain a natural looking result using linseed oil. A generous pair of hands will suffice to soak the wood. Pour the oil into it and then remove the excess.

  • wax polishing

    The final touch is a couple of coats of neutral furniture wax. It will protect the top even better by making it shiny, while preserving the natural appearance of wood both at sight and at touch.


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