Steps // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table
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Step 1: Cut the Frame

 
Step One // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 1: Cut the Frame

the metal frame is being cut

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.

 
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Step 2: Cut the Legs

 
Step Two // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 2: Cut the Legs

Jimmy DiResta and Kevin O'Connor reviewing the pieces for the metal table frame

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

This step begins in the video at 2:03.

 
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Step 3: Weld the Frame

 
Step Three // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 3: Weld the Frame

Jimmy DiResta welding table legs

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

This step begins in the video at 2:44.

 
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Step 4: Weld the Legs

 
Step Four // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 4: Weld the Legs

Jimmy DiResta is welding a metal table

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

This step begins in the video at 3:24.

 
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Step 5: Cut the MDF Base

 
Step Five // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 5: Cut the MDF Base

Kevin O'Connor and Jimmy DiResta hold a slice of MDF near a table frame

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.

 
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Step 6: Place the MDF

 
Step Six // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 6: Place the MDF

MDF is placed in the tray of the table frame

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.

 
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Step 7: Slice the Branches

 
Step Seven // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 7: Slice the Branches

Jimmy DiResta slices a branch into several smaller pieces

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.

 
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Step 8: Glue the Gap

 
Step Eight // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 8: Glue the Gap

a hot glue gun applies glue between a slice of MDF and a metal frame

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

This step begins in the video at 4:22.

 
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Step 9: Pour Epoxy

 
Step Nine // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 9: Pour Epoxy

epoxy is covering a slice of MDF

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.

 
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Step 10: Arrange the Wood Slices

 
Step Ten // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 10: Arrange the Wood Slices

Jimmy DiResta and Kevin O'Connor arrange wood slices on the unfinished table

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.

 
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Step 11: Sand the Table

 
Step Eleven // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 11: Sand the Table

Jimmy DiResta sands a 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.

 
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Step 12: Apply an Epoxy Top Coat

 
Step Twelve // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 12: Apply an Epoxy Top Coat

part of the wooden table top is covered with epoxy

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.

 
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Step 13: Sand the Frame

 
Step Thirteen // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 13: Sand the Frame

acetone is being applied to a table 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.

 
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Step 14: Apply Blackener

 
Step Fourteen // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 14: Apply Blackener

a paint brush applies blackener to a metal table frame

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

This step begins in the video at 7:55.

 
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Step 15: Finish the Table

 
Step Fifteen // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 15: Finish the Table

Jimmy DiResta sprays a small end 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.

 
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Step 16: Enjoy the Final Product

 
Step Sixteen // How to Make a Sliced Twig Table

Step 16: Enjoy the Final Product

wooden table top with branch slices of a variety of diameters
 
 

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