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 a piece of cheese cloth and then I used a fine sandpaper over all surfaces. My girls got in on the action too.
Finally, after I felt satisfied that I had removed every bit of bark and the sides were nice and smooth, I filled in a small cut with a tiny bit of Plastic Wood and then started applying layers of polyurethane to the sides. I did about three layers in all, with a good few hours in between, plus light sanding.
The top got about 6 coats of polyurethane. Look how beautiful the red cedar looks with a waxy shine.
After the table dried completely and aired out over night, I carried it inside. (I’m calling it a “table” now because I don’t think it qualifies as a mere “stump” anymore.)
The table is not nearly as heavy now that I removed the bark and it dried out. I put felt pads on the bottom to protect the floor. So, here it is looking as pretty as can be. I just love the shape and wish I could have brought several more red cedar stumps home with this one.
The best part? It’s for sale. Yes, you heard right. It goes in to the DIY Del Ray store, which also includes our leather belt chair. In fact, the two pieces would look smashing side by side.
Posted by Leslie