There's nothing like natural elements to make your home decor feel warm and welcoming! You can add those elements with flowers, greenery, a water feature, or natural wood furniture and accessories like these end tables made from tree stumps.
We would not consider this project to be quick and easy as it requires a lot of time from start to finish. It's doable for even a beginner though. It really depends on the tools that you have at your disposal. For example, if you hand chisel the bark off the stump, this will require way more effort and time than if you use a mechanical technique. Use what you have and make it your own! If it takes a couple of weeks to finish, then enjoy the process of really creating with your own hands and then enjoying the fruits of your labor. No matter how you get there, these natural wood end tables are well worth the time and effort.
Step 1: Watch the Video
Step 2: Gather Your Materials
- Stump (found at neighbors house)
- Easy Cast Epoxy
- Minwax Polycrylic
- Wire cup brush
- 60-220 grit sandpaper
- Aluminum tape
- Safety gear
- Bosch Rotary Hammer (Home Depot)
- Tile Chisel (Home Depot)
- Makita 3pc Brushless Kit (Home Depot)
- Milwaukee 9in Carbide Teeth Sawzall Blade (Home Depot)
- Random Orbit Sander Belt Sander (Home Depot)
- Dremel 4200 (Home Depot)
Step 3: Remove Bark From Log
These logs have been air drying for 10 months and were ready for bark removal. This can be done manually with a chisel or mechanically with a rotary hammer and tile chisel like we did. One of the logs also needed to be trimmed flat which we did with a reciprocating saw and 9 inch blade. A chain saw would have been ideal for this, but ours wimped out!
Step 4: Sand, Sand, and Sand Some More
Once the bark is removed, you're left with a lot of woody fibers that take a lot of effort to remove. We tried using a wire cup attached to a Makita drill/driver to help remove some of the fibers prior to sanding.
We sanded starting from 60 grit moving up to 220 to remove all remaining fibers and to make the wood smooth. A belt sander with 40 grit paper was used on the top. A Dremel with sanding attachment was used on areas where a sander would not work.
Step 5: Finish With Poly or Epoxy
We made two tables, one was finished with Epoxy and the second with a brush on poly. Each was sanded lightly with 320 grit paper between coats.
Self-adhesive strips were used on the bottom to make it easier to move the table and to protect the floor.