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January 15, 2018

Build It Sliced Twig Table with Jimmy DiResta

From This Old House on Monday, January 15th, 2018 in Reviews, & Videos
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Ask This Old House host Kevin O’Connor builds a table with Jimmy DiResta, a maker who’s famous online for how-to videos.
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Time: 3 hours
Cost: $75
Skill Level: Moderate
Table saw
Hot glue gun
Belt sander
Shopping List:
1” angle iron
¾” round bar stock steel
Tree branches
Hot glue sticks
2-part epoxy
Low grit sandpaper
Foam brush
Chemical blackener
Spray lacquer
Painters tape
1. Cut the angle iron to length, in this case 16”. Next, make L-shaped cuts on both ends of two of the pieces.
2. Cut the round bar stock to length, in this case 16”.
3. Weld the angle iron into a frame. Smooth out the welds with a grinder.
4. Weld the ¾” round bar stock to the frame as legs.
5. 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.
6. Place the MDF in the tray. It should be recessed at least ¼” to leave room for the slices.
7. Cut the tree branches up into small slices on the band saw. Be sure to cut branches with a variety of diameters.
8. Seal the gap between the MDF and the metal frame with hot glue.
9. Pour a generous amount of 2-part epoxy on top of the MDF and spread it out until the top is completely covered.
10. Place the wood slices on top of the table. Let the table cure for two hours.
11. Once the epoxy has set, sand the table smooth using a belt sander, then a palm sander.
12. Finish the top with more of the 2-part epoxy. Apply it with a paintbrush and let it cure for 24 hours.
13. Lightly sand the metal frame and legs and clean it up with acetone using the rags.
14. Apply the chemical blackener to the legs with the foam brush.
15. 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.
Most of the materials Jimmy and Kevin used to make the table, including the stock steel and mdf board can all be found at home centers. Jimmy used sticks from his backyard for the wood slices.
The two-part epoxy that Jimmy used for the top is Famowood Glaze Coat, manufactured by Eclectic Products ( 
Jimmy used welding equipment and safety gear manufactured by Lincoln Electric ( 
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50 Comments on "Build It Sliced Twig Table with Jimmy DiResta":

Francisco Quinones Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Dan Taylor Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
2:37-2:40 That’s the Jimmy we’ve all come to know and love! Thanks T.O.H. for not editing that golden nugget out to make it TV-clean.
TRASHURE Friday, January 26th, 2018
Very nice!
Dumpster Marcus Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Jimmy is the man!!!!
NJFLIPPER Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Jimmy,  great,  inspiring work as always!!   Keep up the GREAT work!!
Made In NJ Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Put Jimmy Diresta on his own show!!!!!!          TOH,  great stuff!
Mike D Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Black Label Homestead Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Jimmy is the man! Good to see TOH giving people like jimmy the spotlight! This is what built our country great!
drowization Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Wait,,,, what,,,, This Old House host, and, Jimmy DiResta,,,,, yes we Do need more of this,,,,
Scuba Steve Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Love your videos! Question, could some version of this table top be adapted for outdoor use?
UnTiedMusicStudio Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
"...using a heat gun" - pulls out a propane torch :D Go Jimmy! "If it looks hot, it is hot!"
Steve Hartwell Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
AWESOME.. honestly frigging AWESOME..
Fred McIntyre Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Really cool! 👍👊
SeanHodgins Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Jimmy in real time! Crazy!
Max Lanoue Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Jimmy!!!! So weird to see it at normal speed hahaha
patriots1needed Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Well done Jimmy.
NOAH CATMAN Monday, January 22nd, 2018
The welds on 3:14 are ugly.The entire video seems boring,so was the table.
NiftyTan Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Jimmy Needs his own show/ talk show
C Mantooth Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Zero Cool Sunday, January 21st, 2018
This is an awesome team up video, bringing two things together that are awesome. I also really like this explanatory format more, compared to DiResta's ordinary double-speed fly-through his projects.
RrahimStruja Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Will this young wood shrink when it dries? Great video as always
Stanley Shostak Sunday, January 21st, 2018
I watched it last week on PBS but you can never get enough Jimmy. Please make him a regular guest. You should also look at other popular folks on You Tube.
andy rocksteady Sunday, January 21st, 2018
How awesome would it be if Jimmy Diresta did a show with Norm Abram
Raymund Punzalan Saturday, January 20th, 2018
What type of welding machine is that one?
Troy Graham Saturday, January 20th, 2018
So weird watching Jimmy in real time lol
JoeCubicle Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Nice work Jimmy. I just noticed we have the same watch, exactly the same watch.
Todd Saeger Saturday, January 20th, 2018
very simple but but killer end result!!
Chewbacabra Farms Saturday, January 20th, 2018
subscribed because DiResta
Phil Pinsky Productions Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Absolutely fantastic project. Jimmy has such a wealth of knowledge, it's always great seeing his tips and tricks sprinkled into every build.
Karl Harris Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Really excited to see Jimmy on this old house, but you should definitely let him have more steer on the audio and editing. Your two styles can blend perfectly, but this felt a bit flat compared to Jimmy’s own videos. The VO walkthroughs he does are brilliant. Tips and trick on using band saws etc, that’s the gold. Then don’t cut scene through the details, let us know what you’re doing and why, give some tips how we can do it then do the double speed footage.More videos please lol
InformationIsTheEdge Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Jimmy Diresta the Maker Ambassador! Love this guy!
Boyce Bailey Saturday, January 20th, 2018
men with no legs have never knelt down next to a project.... TV ruins you tube.
dlwatib Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Definitely needs rubber feet to avoid scaring your floors.
M. Wade Friday, January 19th, 2018
Love Jimmy and TOH!
Cicero Monteiro Friday, January 19th, 2018
I like when Jimmy build and talk
Wyatt Goettsch Friday, January 19th, 2018
I love watching Jimmy without all the sped up editing.
supernewuser Friday, January 19th, 2018
I love seeing jimmy on TOH.
William Lutes Friday, January 19th, 2018
This guy can’t Yodel !
Brandon Pogue Friday, January 19th, 2018
Love this with Jimmy! This Old House, you gotta keep doing more like this!
mobspeak Friday, January 19th, 2018
I'm not used to seeing this go so slowly, so I'm watching this at 2x the speed.
Jeremy Clark Friday, January 19th, 2018
So weird watching a Diresta video in regular speed.
Matt Hegedus Friday, January 19th, 2018
I love that Jimmy’s heat gun is a torch.
Bull City Woodworks Friday, January 19th, 2018
Great vid! Looking forward to more always!
Brian Evans Friday, January 19th, 2018
Great project, and so simple too..
Jacilynn S Friday, January 19th, 2018
Okay I don't get it. First he dyes the metal black then covers it with black lacquer paint? Why not just use a clearcoat?
Klaus Nehren Friday, January 19th, 2018
It's weird seing Jimmy work at normal speed...
anonymous 616 Friday, January 19th, 2018
Mark Field Friday, January 19th, 2018
You've changed Jimmy
Legalize Resources Friday, January 19th, 2018
1:48 That's the finger of a dad. Honor your dad as long as they still exist.
DeezKnotsWoodworking Friday, January 19th, 2018
Is it just me or was it weird watching @jimmydiresta make something in "real time speed?" Lol



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