How To Make a Tree Stump Coffee Table

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Do you need a coffee table? Why not make one? If you’re interested in having a personalized coffee table that’s one-of-a-kind, definitely you’d do well by making your own. Not only will this help give you a sense of accomplishment, you’d also be able to save a lot! One of your options is to make a tree stump coffee table.

A tree stump coffee table, as the name implies, uses a tree stump as the main body of the table. Here are some pointers to help you make one:    

  1. Get your tree stump. You could remove a tree stump by digging it out with a shovel if it’s small (make sure to cut the roots using a pick axe). Do make sure to cover up the hole again to avoid any accidents. If the tree stump is big, you could use a bulldozer or a tractor; you may also want to hire a licensed tree stump removal company for a professional job.
  2. Cut the tree stump to your desired height. Use a chain saw and protective eyewear for this step, and do this outdoors. You could use a coffee table you’re already using as a basis for comparison for how tall you’d like your table to be. Do know that coffee tables are usually about 2 to 2.5 feet high.
  3. Also while outdoors, make sure that you strip the bark off the stump. The bark would contain bugs and other critters, and you wouldn’t want them walking around your coffee table. Afterwards, spray the stump with bleach and water solution, to kill off any remaining insect.
  4. Put the stump in a warm place, preferably near a stove or any other heating device. Your purpose here is to ensure that the stump is absolutely dry and there isn’t any remaining damp spot where molds and insects could breed. This drying period could take about one to two months.
  5. Once you’re sure that the stump is totally dry, it’s ready for sanding. Sand the stump’s total surface area, using a sanding machine to reduce the time and effort this step will take. Make sure that all rough edges and splinters are removed.
  6. Coat the stump with varnish. After varnishing, sand the tree stump again. Repeat this process about five times to ensure a smooth and glossy finish.
  7. Finally, coat the stump with polyurethane, again making sure to sand in between coats. Use fine sandpaper for this step. You could repeat this process for another five times, or until you get the desired finish.
  8. Allot about one week for the stump to dry completely. Now you’re the proud owner (and the maker) of a one-of-a-kind tree stump coffee table!

The best thing about having this piece of furniture around your house is that it can be a great conversational piece with your guests. This table is certainly one that you couldn’t ordinarily find in a typical furniture store, so you could be proud of the fact that you own furniture that’s highly unique and unconventional. Plus, it would also give a rustic, comfortable feel to your home. Not to mention that you were able to make it practically for free! So good luck getting started on your coffee table!  


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