5 Quick Tips when Making Your Own Log Furniture
Log furniture offers you a rustic and natural alternative to other outdoor or indoor furniture. Some pieces you find can be bought for upwards of a thousand dollars or much, much more. The price associated with log furniture is attributed to several factors, including the kind of wood it is, the age of the wood and the size of the logs used. You can make any kind of log furniture with the most popular among them being shelves, mantles and simple chairs. If you are looking to make your own log furniture, here are 5 tips that could save you hours of time and unnecessary mistakes.
1. Always Sand the Wood
Finishing log furniture adds to its beauty, but in order to get a flawless finish the logs need to be sanded. If you bought the logs or cultivated them yourself, you still have to sand the wood. Using natural wood in this form comes with some inherent difficulties to the finishing process. Natural logs may contain burrs, knots, dings and dents that you may not see, but sanding will take care of them. This gives you a relatively smooth surface (even if the logs are carved to be rough on purpose) in which to finish.
2. Bathe and Condition the Wood
It may sound silly, but when you wash the wood and then condition it you do two things: soften the wood for finishing and reveal hidden imperfections. Rub the logs with a lint-free towel soaked in soapy water (use oil-free liquid detergent). Then rinse the logs off with plain water. Allow the conditioner to soak into the wood for several hours before attempting to sand it again.
3. Use Hand Tools
There are many tools on the market that you can utilize to prepare your wood for use in your log furniture. If you want to create a real rustic and homemade look, avoid using electric or automatic tools. Hand tools will provide you with maximum control of your finished logs. You will be able to create logs that are completely peeled or partially, as well as be able to make the connecting points to the exact size that you need.
4. Tenon Cutters
You could spend a lot of time cutting tenons for your log furniture or you could use tenon cutters to do it for you. This tool is used to create rounded ends on your logs. These ends are what connect into the bored holes on other pieces of your log furniture. The best part about tenon cutters is that they can either be hand tools or attached to electric drills.
5. Gluing Log Furniture
Creating log furniture is a skill that was popular during the old west. They did not have the modern adhesives that we do today, and had to rely on using saps mixed with other items to create a strong bond. The type of glue that you use matters a lot when assembling log furniture. Wood glue and white glue will work on porous wood, but for other wood types, stronger glue is needed.