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post #1 of 4 Old 04-29-2008, 02:01 PM Thread Starter
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What is the best method to carve this?

Hello there,

I am trying to carve out a tree for a base of a table out of oak. The picture of the shape is below. Please excuse the horrible drawing, its hard to draw in Paint on a touch mouse :)

That is the basic shape. The branches are going to hold the table top and the roots on the bottom will keep everything stable.

Preferably I would like to carve it out of a solid chunk of oak, that way you cant see the different layers (if laminated) when I stain it. Doing it this way I would have to chainsaw the basic shape and it will be tedious to not break the branches where the grain is in the wrong direction.

Another way is gluing a bunch of pre-shaped layers together and then carving it from there. The only problem with this is that I do not want to see the different layers after I stain it.

The last way that I can think of is finding an actual tree and tear off the bark and sand it. However it will be hard to find the right one.

I know the basics of wood working, so I am a beginner in that. However I have worked in a machine/metal shop for quite a while so I am already geared with working with machinery/power tools. Whichever way I do this, I do not think it is going to be too challenging for me to do it, I just am looking for some feedback to figure out which method I should use.

Any feedback is much appreciated. Thanks!!

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Make the trunk and the roots and branches seperately....then join them together... or practice on a chunk of ice.

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If you are going to do this out of one piece of solid oak start with the chain saw. You coud then step down to a reciprocating saw for finer work and trimming, and then go at it with chisels and mallet. Of course, at the end of all the carving you will have a lot of sanding to do. It sounds like an interesting project. Personally, I think I would try to find a tree that is close to what I want, and then compromise some.

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I'd try to find a tree, no matter how well you carve it, the visible grain of the wood will make it look un-natural and will probably end up looking like a piece of impressionist art rather than a tree.

You could find a tree with branches you like then join it to another that has roots to your liking. It would probably be easier than finding a tree short enough to fit under a table that has well developed roots and limbs.
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