Stumps are great stuff. They're beautiful, they're heavy (at least the heavier ones, I don't know exactly about the lighters), they're incredibly useful (even the lightest), and they're free (you just have to be organised, and fast).
Last time I got a few poplar stumps from a friend (really!) and we used them as cheap furniture around the barbeque. Since they're already starting to rot at the base, and since it's been raining almost the whole weekend - the perfect workshop time! - I decided to do some upgrading.
I started to raise them, just the way I did here, and from then on my inspiration of the day guided my hands.
Enjoy this very easy build. All you need is a stump (no kidding), some branches, a handful screws, a nice cup of coffee and a few hours of spare time. For one piece, wellunderstood.
You know, a stump at itself is already a pure joy to sit on, but you'll discover soon that this build is more than double joy. This stump deluxe feels like sitting on a nest kittens. But without the screaming.
Step 1: Tripod-ing
- put the stump downside up
- use clock-drill and chisel to make three holes (slightly angled)
- cut a pole in three and insert the three legs in the holes
- screw them (no structural screwing), just to prevent them from wobbling too much
- link the legs with a few smaller branches, these will immobilize the whole
- put the stump back on its legs
- have a beer
Be a pro:
- use linseed oil to lubrificate the clock-drill AND the screws
- predrill your holes
- use inox-screws (I didn't, sorry)
- countersink the screw-heads
- use the natural shape of the wood as much as you can
Step 2: Back-ing
- organise some wastewood or branches (I used leftovers from last winters hilarious hazel harvest)
- start screwing them like, well, like I did (I really don't know how to say this in words, the concept is that the back leans a bit backwards)
- saw the excess at the end of the story
- feed the cat, otherwise he'll just won't let you continue
Step 3: Footrest-ing
What's the difference between a stump and a stump deluxe?
A footrest, definitely. A footrest is the feature what makes you feel comfortable and relax. You need one.
- two poles: screw them to the bottom of the stump
- third pole: screw it to the two others
Step 4: Finishing
Time to put this heavy piece of art where you want it to be. It looks nice, already, but there's something missing.
Time to cut a fresh branch and screw it to the back-top. Bend it gently, screw it gently.
And enjoy my new kuksa! Olive wood, strong coffee. ;)
Step 5: Enjoying
The weather cleared out just in time. Showtime!
Hope you like it, and I'm looking forward to your builds!
Thanx for watching!