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Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 | 0 comments

Tree Stump Pencil Holder

Tree Stump Pencil Holder

Christmas may have come and gone, but we’re holding on a little longer thanks to some stump slices I rescued from the Christmas tree lot back in December. I saw the stumps cast away in the corner of the lot — various widths, different wood tones — and knew I had to snag a few. I couldn’t pass up this chunky fellow. He’s been sitting in our living room since early December, drying out while I pondered his future. After seeing wood blocks turned into pencil holders like this on Etsy, I had my plan. First, drill holes with a large bit into the stump. Move around until you have relatively evenly distributed holes. Test to make sure a pencil fits, continue drilling if needed (get larger bit if hole isn’t wide enough). Clean off dust, rub in some beeswax (or finish of choice) to accentuate the natural hues of the wood. Gaze at your masterpiece, count the rings. Add pencils. Have you salvaged any tree stump slices for...

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Posted by on Oct 11, 2011 | 5 comments

A DIY Tree Stump Table: The Reveal

A DIY Tree Stump Table: The Reveal

You may recall my post Need a Tree Stump End Table: No Problem! from a few weeks ago? Quick recap: I shopped online for an occasional or end table, saw a tree stump table ($199) in a retail store, and decided to make one myself. The post tells how Katie and I found a stump and hauled it home. Here’s the photo of the stump, bark and all, sitting in my house. Here’s what happened next. The stump sat for a few weeks to dry out. I moved it outside so I could start scraping off the bark with a small prybar. This step took a very long time, but was fun to reveal the beautiful smooth cedar wood underneath. I even used a small saw to cut off the ends of a couple of branches poking out from the side. Next, I used rough sandpaper to smooth out the edges and sides, and especially around the knobs and inside groves. In between sanding, I wiped the entire stump down with...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 | 5 comments

Need a Tree Stump End Table: No Problem!

Need a Tree Stump End Table: No Problem!

I think this DIY project falls under the category of “I’d do anything for the sake of the blog.” One afternoon, I was looking for ideas for a new occasional table or end table for next to the couch – something small and contemporary in style. When I saw this trendy tree stump table from West Elm ($199), well, it was all over. “I can make that,” I announced. And so it began: 1. First, I find this rather humorous how-to and I decide it will work, apart from adding the legs. I’d rather have the plain stump. I measure the arm of my couch to get the correct height for the stump. 2. Next, I make a request on Freecycle: WANTED: tree stump, 20” tall. 3. Freecycle, as always, comes through. I tell my husband about our fabulous new end table. He replies drily, “Um, can we talk about this.” One other problem — the stump is 150 lbs. How am I going to get it home? Katie,...

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