Having been woken up one morning with a man outside of the window on
a reasonably healthy looking tree, a table seemed to be suitable
reparation for the interrupted mornings slumber and future lack of
Most of the inspiration has come from bye bye brooklyn who did this sort of thing last year. There are a couple of other helpful examples; the art of doing stuff and 17 apart.
I started out with two big mistakes so the first tips are:
This part may involve lots of bugs evacuating your progress. Beetles, termites, and many others were hiding under the layer of bark. The termites left a neat network of dirt-filled trails which were later scraped out with a screwdriver.
This is the labour intensive phase since one side was 7 cm higher than the other. The planar did its job but very slowly, less than a millimeter at a time. Reverting to a chainsaw might have saved a few evenings of grinding and spared almost a cuibc meter of sawdust and shavings.
For the last coat, take special note of any bubbles, imperfections, or drips to sand. Paint with the brush at 90° to the surface of the wood to minimise bubbles.
Finally, if the log is too shiny for your tastes, brush the log lightly with #0000 grade steel wool.