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Cypress Stump Table; French Polish style

In May 2019 I had a few Cypress trees cut down. One of them had an impressive flair at the base that I asked the tree service to preserve for me. It had to become a table. It took me a while to decide on what kind of table. It took some work with a chainsaw, router sled, scrub plane and a slick to get it into shape.

For coloring I fumed it with ammonia and then used dark tung oil to give it more color and protection. I was having trouble getting the finish to build completely on the end grain (yes pure tung oil can build a sheen) Some specific sections of the end grain just remained thirsty so I eventually switched over to a French polish with shellac to complete the finish on the shelves. Topped off that with a couple of treatments with Odie’s Oil as the source of wax and a bit of water protection.

Lots more build photos and step by steps on source: Cypress Console Table

Very unique! Lots of work in that!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Thanks, and yes it is a fair amount of work. I enjoy the challenge.

Neat project, great job.

-- -- Soli Deo gloria!

Very cool ,I like that you made the crack a design eleiment.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Thanks oldrivers and a1Jim. Much appreciated.

a1Jim, The crack came about after I did the rough cuts, so I’d have to credit that one to nature. :)