Outdoor Table Dysfunction

Back in 2012 I tried a Pinterest project of an outdoor table made from a tree trunk and an oak slab.

Oak slab table in the back yard.
Oak slab table in the back yard.

Back in 2011 we had some trees destroyed by Hurricane Irene so the base of the table and the top were created by the storm’s destruction.

This red maple became a stump and the oak behind it was pulled out of the ground.

The top was so pretty.

There was a fatal flaw in the slab.

Even though we seldom used it the table looked nice in the yard.

I’m sure Charlie is planning to clear the wood from behind the table.

A nice place to sit and have a cup of tea and a good read.

The oak slab split along the crack.
The oak slab split along the crack.

Unfortunately, a flaw in the slab has weathered poorly over time.

It looks like something heavy landed on it.
It looks like something heavy landed on it.

While the trunk is still sturdy the top is fairly unusable.

We enjoyed the table while it lasted and may move on to more permanent projects.
We enjoyed the table while it lasted and may move on to more permanent projects.

Maybe we’ll fix it in spring or maybe we’ll cut the stump down to the ground and learn from our mistakes.

What do you do with failed projects?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

8 thoughts on “Outdoor Table Dysfunction”

  1. Computer is down. Will be going silent for a few days. Maybe that’s a good thing. Too bad about the table it looked pretty cool.

  2. Ah–it was pretty while it lasted, but natural things do come to an end. I once had a beautiful Adirondack-type arch made from fir boughs from my tree, but after several years it twisted and began falling apart. There was no saving it.

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