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Step 1

Step 1: Cut the Frame

Cut the angle iron to length, in this case 16”. Next, make L-shaped cuts on both ends of two of the pieces.

This step begins in the video at 1:18.

Step 2

Step 2: Cut the Legs

Cut the round bar stock to length, in this case 16”.

This step begins in the video at 2:03.

Step 3

Step 3: Weld the Frame

Weld the angle iron into a frame. Smooth out the welds with a grinder.

This step begins in the video at 2:44.

Step 4

Step 4: Weld the Legs

Weld the ¾” round bar stock to the frame as legs.

This step begins in the video at 3:24.

Step 5

Step 5: Cut the MDF Base

Cut out a piece of MDF to fit the size of the metal frame. Grind off a small chunk of the four corners to ensure a tight fit over the welded joints.

This step begins in the video at 3:29.

Step 6

Step 6: Place the MDF

Place the MDF in the tray. It should be recessed at least ¼” to leave room for the slices.

This step begins in the video at 3:43.

Step 7

Step 7: Slice the Branches

Cut the tree branches up into small slices on the band saw. Be sure to cut branches with a variety of diameters.

This step begins in the video at 3:51.

Step 8

Step 8: Glue the Gap

Seal the gap between the MDF and the metal frame with hot glue.

This step begins in the video at 4:22.

Step 9

Step 9: Pour Epoxy

Pour a generous amount of 2-part epoxy on top of the MDF and spread it out until the top is completely covered.

This step begins in the video at 4:31.

Step 10

Step 10: Arrange the Wood Slices

Place the wood slices on top of the table. Let the table cure for two hours.

This step begins in the video at 4:37.

Step 11

Step 11: Sand the Table

Once the epoxy has set, sand the table smooth using a belt sander, then a palm sander.

This step begins in the video at 5:11.

Step 12

Step 12: Apply an Epoxy Top Coat

Finish the top with more of the 2-part epoxy. Apply it with a paintbrush and let it cure for 24 hours.

This step begins in the video at 5:41.

Step 13

Step 13: Sand the Frame

Lightly sand the metal frame and legs and clean them up with acetone, using the rags.

This step begins in the video at 7:29.

Step 14

Step 14: Apply Blackener

Apply the chemical blackener to the legs with the foam brush.

This step begins in the video at 7:55.

Step 15

Step 15: Finish the Table

Finish off the metal frame and legs with the spray-on lacquer. Use painter’s tape on the slice top to protect it while spraying.

This step begins in the video at 8:09.

Step 16

Step 16: Enjoy the Final Product