DIY | tree slice hairpin table1.08.2016
I'm so excited to start off the new year with this DIY, not only do I love the end result but it's a sentimental one too..
last time I was in ireland I found a stash of wood slices in the garage.. I thought they were beautiful and immediately wanted to make something with them. pops managed to squeeze one into the boot of his car and brought it back to the UK for me- it was a little rough and bigger than the ones I'd originally seen so I decided to turn it into a side table.
working on this table was the perfect excuse to DIY with my dad over christmas- as the tree was from the tiny rural village he grew up in (and I spent my childhood exploring) it seemed appropriate that we made it together!
tree/log slice (check local lumber yards)
screws and drill
if you're looking for a wood slab like mine I suggest trying your local timber merchants, you can easily find smaller ones on etsy and eBay too. the smaller ones make great stools if you already have some!
aside from attaching the legs all you really need to do is prep the slice. first off my dad used a wood plane to even out the top of the table, we didn't bother with the underside as it's not really visible.
after the top was smoothed out I used the hand sander to even the surface further. just keep sanding until you're happy it's level enough. I left the sides alone as I didn't want to disturb the remaining bark.
at this point if you want the stain/seal the table go ahead. I've decided to leave mine unfinished for now as I adore the bare wood. at some point I may use a spray sealant or wood preservative if the condition changes. (if you do leave it unfinished don't place anything too hot or wet onto it!)
flip the table top over and attach the legs with screws. I've used swenyo legs on this table and if you're US based I highly recommend them as you simply use a screwdriver to screw them into the base (see pic below.) if you're in the UK just be aware they may be custom charges if you order these or you can hunt for alternatives hairpin legs on amazon/eBay etc.
lightbox | urban outfitters
vase | ikea
aside from attaching the legs and prepping the slice this is a very simple project. I love the rustic top against the delicate legs. the snazzy cinema light box you can see is from urban outfitters I discovered it whilst christmas shopping and had to buy it for myself- so damn cool right? james and I are already fighting over what slogans to add next..
it feels great to have taken something special and made it into something functional here in my home. what do you think- do you like it too?