I would like to build a special gift for my sister and her husband as a house warming gift for their new lake cabin. They have a bunch of large red oaks on their property...some of which have fallen from storms. Most of it is beautiful wood and I was hoping to build a couple of side/end tables for their new cabin. My questions are:
1. How do I keep the bark from falling off over time? I was planning on putting heavy coats of lacquer finish (made for tables) all around the table top but not sure if that will keep the bark on. I would like these to last forever if possible.
2. How would I best add legs to it? I was thinking of making a tripod shape base (ie...3 legs versus 4) but not sure what to use to fasten the legs.
3. What types of legs should I use? I don't care to use oak branches just because I'm not sure of the stability. They did say they are having flat black metal rods for their railings but not sure how they would look under the oak table top.
I appreciate any input or suggestions.