To make log furniture, cut the logs down to the dimensions described in a woodworking plan, and scrape off the bark with a drawknife. Nail each piece together, and sand and varnish the project to finish.
- Select a project
Decide which type of furniture you would like to build, and find a plan to use.
- Cut the logs
Use a table saw to cut the logs down to the dimensions given in the plan, or use the dimensions of the area where you plan to place the piece as a guide.
- Remove the bark
Use a peeling spud to remove the majority of the bark from each log, and finish with a drawknife.
- Put the pieces together
Attach each piece with a hammer and nails. Use the log furniture plan as a guide, but build from the base up.
- Level the item
Ensure the furniture piece is level on the ground, and make additional cuts accordingly.
- Sand the item
Run a 100-grit sanding sponge over the surface of the piece to create a smooth surface. Use a smaller sanding pad of the same grit on hard-to-reach areas.
- Varnish the piece
Use a paintbrush to apply an oil-based varnish to the surface of the wood. Consult the instructions from the manufacturer for drying times, and apply a second coat if necessary.