Thursday, April 14, 2011

Log table project...

Well,  tonight I am forcing myself to stop thinking about snow (hard to do when it is STILL snowing outside).  First I gave my chockecherry wine a stir, then made a pitcher of raspberry lemonade, baked a cherry pie, and now I am making myself sit down and create a positive blog.  I decided on sticking with the theme of being positive despite the negative weather.  I'm going to show you the log table project Kelly and I did last fall.

          Here in the Black Hills we have had a problem with pine beetles killing our pine trees.  Our property was no exception.  We lost 5 big pines to the beetle.  How is this positive?  My husband and I finally fufilled one of our dreams.  We have always wanted to build our own log dining room table.  Kelly cut one of the dead trees.  We bought an Alaskan Mill and used it cut it into three 3 inch slabs.   Sorry no photos of the mill.  We were too busy cutting slabs.    

    The thing about bug hit trees is that they have a beautiful blue stripes in the wood.  As you can see the slabs are very pretty.   The sides are a beautiful silver. 

     It took a lot of work getting our three slabs together.  Ella was a great help, right up until she went under the slabs after we glued them.  I found out when I went to pet her and my hand stuck to her fur.  Bath time for our little helper.

 After squaring up the slabs, Kelly had the idea of using the trim pieces on the ends.  We really liked how that turned out.   It took a lot of sanding to get everything smooth.  I don't mind sanding there is something soothing about it.

     The legs and feet weren't too hard.  We tried to stick with a simple design.  We did forget that our chairs had arms on them.  It was a few tense moments when we got the table in the house and slid the chairs underneath.  Somehow we were lucky and they fit.

     My husband has made our bed, the log railing in our cabin, coffee tables, and end tables, but this is the first log table.  We really didn't know what we were doing, but between the two of us we figured it out and the table turned out great.  Something to check off on our bucket list.    


  1. Wow! That is a beautiful table! You and your husband are so talented! Well done.

  2. That is an incredible work of art! My goodness! Well done on a positive blog post! :) BTW..I absolutely love the pictures w/quotes that you have on the side of your blog, very inspiring and some are a good chuckle :) Cheers, Jenni

  3. Just beautiful!! I'd love to see the other stuff you made. For not knowing what you were doing, you could have fooled me.

  4. Oh my goodness! such talent in your home inside and out! What a handsome table...I did a little catching up while I was here and your rhubarb cake looks yummy! I planted two plants last year but so far I can only see that one has survived the winter. Rhubarb is a family favorite around here!
    have a wonderful day!

  5. That really is lovely and unique. Well done the pair of you it really is lovely.



  6. Everything looking great! Say Hi to Kelly and good job to both of you. I was behind on your blog so just read several. I love the pictures. I really want to try to get up there before we hitch up the wagon and hit the Oregon trail! I have a whole new gardening world to learn about now. There are tons of trees in our new yard. I don't know much about trees. If I water them and they live then it's all good!

  7. I love the table you two made! It's beautiful and how cool that you were able to turn the dead tree into something positive. I had my husband come and look at it. It would be his dream to be able to build things like that.
    I hope your snow goes away. It's been so cold and wet here, we both deserve some warm sun.

  8. Fabulous way to use the dead tree, we also have many pines that die every year. One year we used them to make a raised veggie garden. But, your table is a much better idea and it looks beautiful. You and your husband are very talented. Take care and have a great weekend. p.s. thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment.

  9. I am impressed by the wonderful table. Looks like it will fit in beautifully for your garden. Talented!

    So glad you finally got your Grimy Hands Girls' Club gift packet. Hurrah. now grow those zinnias for all your visiting butterflies.

    Love across the miles,


  10. That is beautiful! It's so nice you could use the trees to make a beautiful heirloom. Makes me think of that great story, "The Giving Tree."

  11. oh my goodness! I am seriously impressed. That is a beautiful table! I would love to have a table like that. It is gorgeous. My hubby is asleep on the couch, otherwise I would show him this..he would love it. I'll show him tomorrow!

  12. Oh my goodness that is one beautiufl table! Being made from your own trees makes it extra special as well. I've come to the conclusion some of you ladies need to start renting out or at least me borrow some of your handy men & those tools! O.k i'm actually after the toys they get to play with but they know how to use them & I have neither tool or knowledge beyond my basics. Is it bad I look at power tools in the way many see jewelry and shoes? :)
    Oh the things I could make with a well stocked woodshop...
    The table fits so perfectly in your Log home and the edges... Natural waves and all. Perfection!

  13. I'm a new follower and wanted to say Hi :)
    Your front porch reminds me of my own porch.
    I love the table! Very impressive! I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    -Marissa @ Life On Our Side Of The Mountain


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