Rustic Stump End Tables




Introduction: Rustic Stump End Tables

About: We're Mother Daughter Projects, sharing our DIY adventures as we learn to maintain, improve, decorate, and use tech in our homes.

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.

Step 6: Done

What do you think of these stump end tables? Would you DIY this or buy? Let us know in the comments below!

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    4 years ago

    Do you think putting the matte poly over the epoxy might work? I'm thinking that the stump would suck up a huge amount of poly without some kind of sealer being applied first.

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    Reply 4 years ago

    From the logs we made, the log did not suck up a large amount of poly. The log that we did just epoxy on actually used a lot more epoxy than poly. Epoxy is much more expensive than poly so I would say the more economic option would just be poly. -steph


    5 years ago

    So which one do you like better? The epoxy or the poly one? Personal choice or does it actually make a difference (in sensitivity to stains, cleaning etc)? Great instructable, and now that I know how, I'll get to it this weekend! :-)

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    Reply 5 years ago

    Thanks! I would say the poly is our fav. The epoxy was kind of just an experiment and it works well but the poly has a matte finish which we like over the glossy epoxy. -Steph


    Reply 5 years ago

    Good to know. Plus it's definitely easier for me to achieve! :-)