DIY Wood Stump Side Table

8 Materials
2 Days

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Do you or someone you know have a tree that needs cut down or has had a tree cut down and you want to do something with the wood? I took a few pieces from a neighbor who cut down a tree and created this wood stump side table for my family room and I love it!

diy wood stump side table

The first thing you need is a tree! You can use a stump from a fallen or cut down tree or even look on craigslist or Next-door for help finding one. Once you have a tree you need to find a sawmill to slice it.

Did you know that when you slice a tree into round discs they are called cookies? I didn't until I started researching this project.

Once you find a sawmill to cut your stump give them the measurements of how thick you want your slices.

diy wood stump side table

I had mine cut to 1 inch, 2 inch and 5 inch cookies. The 5 inch cookies are used for tables, the 1 inch for chargers in my dining room and I don't know what I will do with the 2 inch pieces yet.

diy wood stump side table

Now you need to use pentacryl and put your cookies in a container that won't leak, I used a round metal basin that your water heater sits on because my cookies were just too wide for anything I already had. You want to pour pentacryl on top and leave a little in the bottom so the wood can soak it in.

The reason for this step is to prevent the wood from cracking too much as it dries. Otherwise your pieces will have big cracks and it will be harder to create cool tables out of them.

Soak for about 24 hours then let dry.

The next step is to sand! Start with 80 grit and sand it down to where you want it. I took all the bark off the sides and sanded through all the borer marks.

The Emerald Ash Borer has killed thousands of Ash trees here in Ohio and our neighbor states. My friend had to chop down 5 large trees, that's where I got these stumps.

Move on to 120 grit and 220 grit and sand until smooth. Then seal with several coats of polyurethane.

diy wood stump side table

Put your legs on the bottom, I used these hairpin legs I got from Etsy, and mark the screw holes.

Pre-drill a small hole then put your leg on and screw them onto the wood stump.

diy wood stump side table

Finish up all the legs and there you go! A great side table that came from recycling nature! If you like this post please check out how I added board and batten box molding to my stairwell!

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3 of 5 questions
  • Nina
    on May 4, 2019

    Where do you get the table legs? Nice job

    • Olivia
      on May 4, 2019

      She wrote: "I used these hairpin legs I got from Etsy" Myself, I have seen them on ebay too.

  • Lori
    on May 4, 2019

    Any good hints on how to get a good flat /level top and bottom??

    • At Lane and High
      on May 6, 2019

      Well the sawmill did a really good job of making good straight cuts. If you had something that was uneven I would try to find adjustable height legs.

  • Ketti Obert
    on May 5, 2019

    How about cutting the 2 inch pieces in 4 and using them as bookends or making them into trays by adding handles?

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    on May 7, 2019

    Repurposing Mother Nature's beauty!

  • Ivory
    30 minutes ago

    Sounds simple, but looks fabulous. Hoot do this, because I love it

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