Did you know that you can make your own unique coffee table using a tree stump? If you have a good tree stump around your house you can make one too! It doesn’t have to be a stump from a huge old tree. You can also use standard sized stump to make gorgeous furniture, especially coffee table because they are typically small and compact.
Here’s how to make a gorgeous Tree Stump Coffee Table with a limited budget
First you need to find a tree stump, prepare medium and fine grit sandpapers, polyurethane, paint brush, and metal legs that can be bought from Ikea for a very affordable price. Needless to say, you also need drills, and other necessary tools.
The first thing to consider when choosing a stump is the height of the expected table. The IKEA’s metal legs are typically 6 inches tall, so make simple measurement on the length of the stump needs to be.
Cut the stump, and then let it dry out. We recommend leaving them outside for 4-8 weeks. After that, bring the stump inside and leave it for additional several weeks.
Remove the bark by inserting the pry-bar between the bark and the stump. Use a hammer and work your way out to completely remove the bark. You can also use wood chisels if the bark is hard to remove.
Make the stump smooth by sanding it using sandpaper grits. After it is nice and smooth, wipe it with a damp cloth to remove the wood dust.
Now that the hard part is done, let’s start to shape the table! On the part that’s supposed to be the bottom of the table, screw the metal legs. Remember to measure it first so that it is proportional.
Last but not least, finish the table with nice polyurethane. Seal the whole table with it, and don’t forget to coat the sides twice or thrice. I often use six coating for the top side. It is also important to remember to allow the coating dry completely before applying more coating at the tree stump coffee table.