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How to create a tree stump table

Step 1

How to create a tree stump table

Cut the trunk of the tree

If you have a tree that needs to be cut down or a fallen tree stump, you can turn the remaining stump into the base of an outdoor table. In this project the tree was growing in a patio area; the DIY team cut down the tree but kept the stump, turning it into a functional table base for a two-tier patio table.

After the tree has been cut, leave enough trunk at the desired height for the table. Make the cut as flat and level as possible. Our tree had a low-growing branch, so we can easily make a two-tier table. Depending on the thickness of the stump, you can cut it at two different levels to create your two-tier board.

Step 2

Choose a table material

We used two pre-cut 24-inch rounds of pine for most of the tabletop. These are available at home improvement stores and some craft stores. If you want a natural look and don't plan on painting the table, you should use cedar, teak, or redwood for the tables.

Our two table rounds are placed so that they slightly overlap each other. The tree stump and a smaller limb are used to support a top; the other is directly connected to the other top.

Step 3

Paint the tables

Use a high-quality primer for caps before painting with a finish coat. Since the table will be outdoors, multiple coats of paint may be needed for good coverage. Use a semi-gloss exterior paint made for wood to paint the tables. Let the paint dry completely before continuing.

Stage 4

How to create a tree stump table

Attach the rounds to the stump

Drill pilot holes and use large galvanized wood screws to attach the tables to the stump. Use shims or wooden shims as needed to level tops; Be sure to drive the screws through the top and shims or wedges to hold them in place.

Use the chainsaw to cut horizontal notches in the sides of the log to support smaller pine rounds to create additional levels. The cuts should be deep and narrow to keep the rounds tight in place. To secure, you can place screws at an angle through the stump and rounds.