What This Man Did With An Old Piece Of Tree Trunk Is Awesome

 

It's a shame when a tree has to be cut down, but sometimes it's essential. When Redditor 'captianinsano's' parents cut down a gorgeous old walnut tree in their yard, he hoped that he could put some parts of it to good use. However, it wasn't until a few years later, when he pulled a chunk of it out of a brush pile that he decided to create something beautiful.

 

Here's the section of tree trunk, freshly pulled out of the brush pile. 

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He started by sawing the log in half. This isn't really the best saw for the job. It took a long time!

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Once halved it went on the lathe to be shaped. Do you wonder what it's going to be? 

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Ah, a salad bowl! Captianinsano noticed that there were a few cracks, but before the next step the bowl has to sit for 8 months to dry.

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After the 8 months, the cracks were even more visible. Something had to be done.

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So, he took to the band saw and simply cut out the cracked area.

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But, something had to replace the missing piece so he cut some thin strips of cherry wood.

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And a larger piece of curly maple.

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Next the maple and cherry had to be glued together.

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And then had to be glued into place in the bowl.

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Looking good, but not quite there.

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Needs some sanding!

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It's all sanded into shape now.

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So, for the finishing touch; four coats of a salad bowl finish. Isn't it gorgeous? 

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The shiny bits are a mixture of glue and crushed malachite stone, which was used to fill a few voids.

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An impressive way to reuse an old bit of tree trunk!