Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tree Stump Table

Shortly after moving in, our new neighbors took down some trees in their backyard. I mean a LOT of trees. The sounds of trucks and saws were heard day after day. After a while it looked like this:

Next, they started cutting the logs into smaller logs, like this:

I’ve always admired the cool, organic, tree stump tables in the West Elm catalog, like this one for $200:

 (By the way, what's up with those towels? They look exactly like a tallis)!

So, I knocked on their door and asked if I could take one of the logs. The first step was to remove all the bark. This was not as hard as I thought it would be. Some of it was already coming off, and the rest I “chiseled” off with a hammer and gardening tool. 

The next step was to sand the heck out of it. The surface was pretty rough so this was a job for my trusty electric sander. I started out with course sandpaper and moved on to finer paper after I achieved a nice somewhat smooth finish.

After many days of sanding I was left with this. 

Because it was going in a room with light floors and light painted furniture, I wanted it darker for more contrast. So, I picked up a can of Miniwax and gave it a quick coat of dark walnut stain.

I love how the finished table contrasts with my more formal chairs for an eclectic look.

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