My legally blind father and I made a coffee table out of the tree I climbed as a kid.
The cross cut from the tree we had to cut down. I climbed this tree as a kid.
One side was a lot thicker than the other so my dad used his belt sander to level it out as much as possible.
He worked on it for probably an hour and a half.
Me crushing the turquoise for the inlay--good stress relief!
Me sanding down the top to make it smooth.
My dad checking my work. Since he's legally blind he used his hands to feel the difference between sandpaper grits.
After sanding with 220 sandpaper the rings and other details became visable.
Putting the turquoise inlay in was difficult and I probably wouldn't do it like this again. I used a thick epoxy to seal the bottom so I didn't use as much turquoise. Then I poured an epoxy resin over the top to seal it in. The problem came when the wood soaked up all the epoxy and had to pour more on
I then sanded all the resin down to make it flat again. This took up a lot of time and again, I wouldn't do it like this a second time.
This is the finished top. I used a heat gun with an epoxy resin designed for finishing table tops. There is a total of three coats of epoxy resin on the top and two coats on the bottom.