An Easy to Build Side Table Using a Wood Slab

3 Materials
2 Hours

This project has a bit of "history" behind it... The wood slab is a piece from a tree that fell on our house last year! Once the tree was removed from the structure, we had a friend come over and slice it into slabs. This is the first project I've made using the tree and it came out great!

I started with a small slab that has spent the past year drying. I drew a line on one side and cut it with my circular saw. I made a few more cuts with the circular saw as well as the table saw to make the piece square.

I thoroughly sanded the slab using a belt sander then finished with a palm sander. I didn't want to lose the saw marks because they definitely added character!

I used Danish Oil as a finish on the wood... It really brought out the saw marks and detail!

I added hairpin legs to the bottom, and the table came out fabulous!

It was really easy to cut and sand the slab. I thought it would be a little more difficult but it certainly wasn't and I am looking forward to making more projects with the tree slabs!

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  • Joanie
    on Nov 5, 2019

    I love wood, real pretty!........could I use something like this for a cutting board for veggies and meats, etc.?

    • Hi, Joanie!

      It will depend on the species of wood as to whether it can be used as a cutting board or not... This slab is oak and it is my understanding that oak should not be used in a cutting board because of the open grain that can trap bacteria, etc. but it can be used as a charcuterie board or serving tray. Here's an article that may be of interest. I hope this helps!

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