From Tree to Table: How to Make Your...
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Discover how to build rustic furniture from cut timber in this comprehensive guide for woodworkers!
- Comprehensive guide to building rustic furniture from cut timber
- Detailed instructions for beds, tables, benches, coat racks, lamps, kiva ladders, and more
- Practical information on procuring and processing logs
- Sage troubleshooting advice based on years of experience
- Expert guidance on all the woodworking techniques you need to know
- Author Alan Garbers is an award-winning outdoor writer and photographer
In From Tree to Table, award-winning outdoor writer and photographer Alan Garbers shows how to use raw logs to make stylish rustic pieces.
Alan provides detailed, practical information on procuring and processing logs, with sage troubleshooting advice based on years of experience. Learn which species look best with the bark on, and which work better with the bark off. Find out why wood may shrink, warp, or crack, and how to deal with rot, decay, and insects. Get expert guidance on all the woodworking techniques you need to know, from steam bending and joinery to sanding, gluing, and finishing.
From Tree to Table offers instructions for making charming cabin-style beds, tables, benches, lamps, coat racks, kiva ladders, and more.
“One of the most popular furniture styles today is rustic furniture, rich with history…”
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Building the Furniture
Find inspiration and how-to guidance for building all these beautiful pieces of rustic wooden furniture from cut timber:
Quilt or Rug Ladder
Make Your Own Rustic Log Furniture
A Guide for Practical Woodworking Techniques
The most important lessons in woodworking come from experience. Alan Garbers shares the many fruits of his labor in From Tree to Table so you can learn from his mistakes and triumphs!
Log and rustic furniture is much beloved, whether for its nostalgia or its connection to nature. Discover the timeless craft of building rustic furniture from timber. Create your own pieces of furniture that will stand the test of time.
Practical information on procuring and processing logs
Expert guidance on all the woodworking techniques you need to know
Sage troubleshooting advice based on years of experience
Tips, tricks, and techniques from twig work to corner logs
How-To Prepare and Work with Wood
Find inspiration for your own log furniture from nature or the furniture store! You’ll learn proper safety while in the woods or in your workshop, and explore different furniture styles from Northwoods to Midwest.
Working with Logs
Once your logs are on the ground, the real work begins! You’ll learn how to buck (debranch) and peel logs, as well as how to move and store them, all without damaging the wood.
Bark On or Bark Off?
Woods can be divided into bark on and bark off. Some woods look stunning with their bark left on, like sassafras, hickory, and hornbeam birch. Learn which woods are suited for each method, and how to make the most of their individual looks in your artistry.
Fastening and Joining Wood
Learn how to fasten logs and planks together in a manner that looks pleasing to the beholder, yet securely holds the piece together against the rigors of use. Discover how to make and use tenons, dowel pins, biscuit jointers, and more!
Find out why wood shrinks, warps, and cracks as well as how to deal with rot, decay, and insects. Not all of these are bad things—in fact, some of them can add character to your finished product!
Drying and Steam Bending Wood
Discover how to make your own kiln to properly dry your wood, as well as safe and proper techniques for the ancient craft of steam bending wood.
Band Saw Mills, Gluing, and Sanding
Learn about portable band saw mills and other cutting tools to cut and drill through wood. Get the run-down on gluing as well as the good, the bad, and the ugly of sanders.
Finishing Your Artwork
After all the blood, sweat, and tears you’ve put into a project, the last thing you’d want to happen is a bad finish! Explore the difference between polyurethane and lacquer-based finishes, and how to make your own stains. The author also walks you through different workshop setups to properly stain and finish your builds.
Dry or Bend
Cut and Glue
Building the Furniture
Making Rustic Log Furniture
Log furniture can be simple and still have a place in an elegant home. Alan Garbers walks you through builds of timeless projects like his rustic framed mirror, slab bench, log lamps, and much more!
Making Money from Scraps
Use your woodworking scraps to build simple candleholders, coasters, and napkin holders to accent your home or sell for some extra cash! Find inspiration for endless possibilities in the author’s shared ideas.
Tips, Tricks, and Techniques
Learn invaluable troubleshooting advice on procuring and processing logs, slabs, and rough-cut lumber, based on years of experience and a passion for the outdoors. Find inspiration for your own pieces with techniques like Swiss work, additions like drawer pulls from natural wood, and applying log accents to existing pieces.