Our neighbourhood has lost a lot of trees in the past several years. the emerald ash borer and a major Ice storm has destroyed several on our lot. I saved a cookie or round from the largest tree after it was cut down and made a coffee table from it. Its a nice keepsake. I marked the years of growth back to the seedling. I also have a video of the process. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpVLs_cc22M
The Ice storm was the last straw for our poor trees
Our trees in 1956
This is the cookie or round I saved. It is about 2" thick. I used a ratchet strap to try and keep it from spiting while it dried, after about a year it was dry and didn't split at all.
the cookie was about 27" in diameter
I sanded the top surface a lot!
I chose to use copper for the year markers. It has a nice patina.
I cut the year markers with scissors
I made the table legs from 3/8 round rot rolled steel. I mocked up the angle on the garage floor.
I used a propane torch to heat the centre mark and then bent the steel around another pipe until I got the angle I wanted.
Three of a kind.
Here I marked the position of the legs on the bottom of the table
eyeballing the angle
I drilled the holes for the legs 1/16th smaller than the bar for a tight fit.
I used a protractor to guide the drill and get the proper angle.
The legs are just fitted into the holes
I used a paint pen to wright the dates of the rings.
1931. the trees predate the hose by about 25 years.
I had some old brass nails that worked nicely. I pre drill both the copper and the wood.
The finished table.
Just adding a piece of glass for protection and the project is done. I think this is an easy project that can save a piece of history.
You can check out my build video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpVLs_cc22M