Aspen Log Work

Natural aspen log headboard. I built this piece of furniture was for a condo in Park City Utah at the Prospector Square Lodge. The aspen came from private property. The logs need to age in the elements about two years for the bark to peel enough to be easily removed and yet still cover most of the wood. In one more year the bark would completely fall off and then the wood will be dry and white or grey.

I begin by going through my storage pile or going through the forest gathering  candidates for the project. Then I peel bark and remove branch knobs that stick out too far.

vertical posts

vertical posts

These posts are about 5 1/2 inch diameter and not perfectly straight. I am imagining the posts diverging at the top.

remove knobs

remove knobs

All of the logs need to be cleaned up: remove knobs, wash with pinesol, scrub bark skin

log (5)

 

remove all bark residue

remove all bark residue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Begin layout

Begin layout

I chose to work on the ground as my work table. The 2×4 on the bottom of the posts will hold them the right distance for the metal bed frame.

fit and cope the log rails

fit and cope the log rails

a belt sander can help

a belt sander can help

The ends of the log rails need to fit the radius of the vertical posts so a belt sander helped me. A grinder might do the job too.

Rails are held in with lag bolts which are counter sunk. Ooops need a photo of the bolts.

skip the stain, just seal

skip the stain, just seal

The logs do not need stain because when selected at the proper time there is abundant natural color remaining in the wood; just seal. Several types of sealer would be acceptable but this brand is great.

metal frame mortise

metal frame mortise

 

log (16)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare the posts to attach the metal frame, then installation on site.

 

log AThe vertical posts do flare out as I imagined and all the natural elements seem to be highlighted in a beautiful way.

counter sunk lag bolts

counter sunk lag bolts

 

log D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. No comments yet.
  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: