After several months of sketches, contemplations, failed plans (22" bolts don't like to go through trees), and new tools, I've finished my tree trunk pedestal table.
Last summer, we had one of our pine trees die. In cutting it down, I knew I didn't want the larger pieces of wood to go to waste. There are plenty of branhes that I can use to make coasters and other small accessories, but I had ideas for the trunk. I knew I wanted this young white pine to remain the central pillar in a feature piece, so I started drawing concepts for pedestal tables. We have a decent stash of old wood, and once I started getting larger cable spools, I knew I had everything I needed for a spectacular piece.
My initial design used the cable spool bolts as well as the top, but I soon realized drilling 10" holes at a 32 degree angle through an irregular surface without crossing any holes would be beyond my capabilities. Although there is one bolt through the trunk, I did have to shift gears and assess the top differently. I used spool wood slats to create minimalist brackets in the top of the trunk. By attaching the top with bolts through the cable spool grommets, the top can be removed for ease in transit, and these hide well underneath the top.
The X base was made from a salvaged deck post that my parents used in their first house. This is pressure treated pine that been in the garage for over a decade. I was really glad to put one of these to use. I pulled out my new saw, and made cuts that included the angle cuts on the ends. I cut a notch in each board so these could fit together and be attached to the trunk. These fit together perfectly.
The top was already bery weathered, but I used a weathered oak stain on the top to tie it in with the raw wood and deep tones in the X base. After several coats of poly, I'm able to call it complete. The final dimensions are perfect for a standard round dining table: 37" diameter around the top, 30" in height, and a 26" base.