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Leveling a tree stump Answered

Hi there everyone.

So I have a bit of a dilemma. There's 3 or 4 beautiful knotted and dried tree stumps that I pass everyday and I've finally decided I want to drag them back home with me (which is another problem entirely) and use at least one to give my rain barrel some height. It's about a foot and a half in height, and just about thick enough to handle it. My problem is that the top is completely uneven and has been hacked with a chainsaw. I'd need to level the whole thing on top and bottom to make it useable. I just have no idea how I can go about doing this WITHOUT using a chainsaw.

Thanks in advance everyone.

I'll post photos soonish.


Have you finished this project? If not, I would suggest that you make a wooden frame (2X4's would be fine) that goes around the stump. Add 2X4 legs to get the frame to the height that you want. Then mount a router to a long board that can slide from side to side on your frame. You can use a straight bit though a planning bit will be faster. This will give you a nice even top on the stump. Good luck.

Well depending on the tools you have and the time you want to put in there are many options. Use a circular saw to score the "top" and then hammer/chisle to remove bulk amounts of wood. Then as you get close use a plane or belt sander to finish it off.

Mark a line around it and cut slowly using a big saw. You can use a laser level to paint a line on one side that you then mark with a pencile or sharpee. (Permanent marker). Rotate stump 1/4 turn and mark again. It's fiddly, and you will probably have to relevel the laser each time, but you can get a straight line this way.

If you can't beg/borrow/steal a laser level, but have a big wash tub, you could level the top as best as you can, turn the stump smooth(er) side down in the tub, and fill it with water or Halloween fog. Then just mark slightly above the water/fog line. (Joking about the fog, but if you could pull it off you'd have bragging rights)

I don't know a way that won't involve a lot of sawing though.

That water idea is pretty ingenious.

I don't mind taking some time to saw through this; I just don't feel comfortable using a chainsaw to be honest.

Thanks for the suggestions; I'll see if I can apply any of them.

Time with a big bow-saw, I think.