I'm trying to put a few things together for practice, seeing which skills need the most work and/or research. I ripped a short mesquite log for kicks and grins and while its not anywhere near uniform in shape, its got nice surfaces.
I ordered a CSM that should arrive later this week to go with my now (finally!) excellently cutting Stihl chain saw. I've got a handful of mesquite cut and a few more trees picked out here and there. For now, only looking to take off deadfall, dead limbs and any dead trees.
The wood that this piece came from actually tore off a tree in my front yard during a storm.
Its all rough cut, the legs are completely unfinished. The top is finished smooth and I rubbed some wax I found in the old garden shed into it. Its solid, reasonably stable, I suppose, not too bad, I guess.
But for a beginner, I'm not discouraged by it even if I can see quite a few things that could have been done better.