DIY LED Log Table

9 Materials
$25
3 Days
Medium
After a storm here in Tallahassee in September 2016, we picked up a bunch of cut up logs from the neighbor across from my (Vicki) house. The logs have been drying all this time in Steph’s garage and are now ready for projects. We’ve already used two in a previous project.

The most interesting of the salvaged stumps was the one with a hole partially through it. We knew it would make some kind of cool project and thought a lamp would be interesting to try.
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before
We used a chisel and rubber mallet to remove the bark from the stump.
We needed to even out the bottom so that the stump would sit flat. The ideal tool for this is a chainsaw which we do not have. We used aluminum tape around the log as a cutting guide and use a reciprocating saw to make the cut.
If you like sanding, this is the project to tackle because there is lots and lots of sanding involved. Start with a low grit and work up to 220.
At the suggestion of grandson/nephew, Andrew, we spray painted inside and out in gold metallic spray paint.
We decided to use a thin layer of epoxy to seal the top to create a table top. We used contact paper to hold in the epoxy. The log was turned over, epoxy mixed, and poured into the hole. We peel off the covering to reveal the epoxy after it cured.
The lamp insert was made from PVC pipe, a pool noodle, and cord set. All the pieces were fitted together and the socket was wedged securely into the pool noodle hole to hold it in place.
When it all came together we were really happy with it! We added an LED coloring changing bulb so it has a neat, cave like feel.
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Suggested materials:
  • Tree stump
  • Chisel and mallet
  • Sander
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  • Skiddycat Skiddycat on Jul 12, 2017
    I was wondering if this got "hot" since the light can't really breathe?
    I absolutely LOVE this and want to make it, but.... worried about the heat factor ?!

  • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz on Jul 12, 2017
    Is it necessary to take the bark off the log?

  • Kim Kim on Jul 13, 2017
    How thick is your layer of epoxy?

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