How to Make Your Own DIY Tree Stump Side Table and Save Hundreds!


Did someone you know just get a tree cut down in their yard and they have some big stumps? Our neighbor just cut a tree down that I loved and I was sort of sad about it, but he did give us some tree stumps. So, I’m gonna be happy about that. Hey Remodelaholics! Welcome back to our DIY Channel. I’m Cassity and I’m glad you’re here. We have weekly tutorials. If you’re new here, please be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss any of our new DIY videos. Today we are so excited to share a beautiful and simple DIY stump table by our contributor Sarah of The Created Home. The crazy part is a reclaimed wood stump table can actually cost hundreds of dollars to buy. But, like I said, if you happen to have a tree that had to be removed and you get a stump of it, you can make one of these yourself for almost nothing. Sarah is lucky enough that her father is an arborist, so she was able to go to his shop and pick out an already dried tree stump to make her table. The curve on Sarah’s stump table is gorgeous! Don’t be afraid to look for slightly different edges, but you’ll notice when there are more knots and cracks it does take a lot of extra sanding. Bu,t it will be worth it! So, here’s Sarah to tell you a bit more about her project and all the tools that she recommends using if you decide to create this project. Remember, another extra tool is just another project you can do next time without spending any extra money. We love tools around here. My husband gets a lot of tools for Christmas. He’s a lucky guy. But, then I get to use them too, so… we’re all happy. Okay, take it away Sarah. Alright, so you’ve probably noticed that creating a stump side table requires a lot of sanding. Actually, that’s pretty much all it takes to create a stump side table. Good and bad of that, sanding isn’t necessarily the most fun thing in the world, but you can create something that cost quite a bit of money at stores for basically nothing, especially if you already have the sanders on hand. It’s also a great project that’s very accessible to all levels of DIYers. So, if you are just getting started and you hardly own a screwdriver, don’t let it stop you. You can do this! Here’s a couple of quick tips to make it go easier. One, you might want to consider something that’s not quite so segmented as this stump. This took a lot of work. If I’d done something was just simply more round and smooth, it would have taken so long Also, I sanded down below this inner layer of bark called the cambium. It’s not bark at all, it’s cambium. You don’t need to do that. You can leave it. I just I liked the look. Another thing is to consider the type of wood. This is locust and it’s really hard. So, obviously different kinds of wood will take different amounts of time. Other than that, I want to quickly run you through the sanders and sanding instruments that I used to create this. You won’t need most of them, but here they are. This is the big daddy here. This is meant to rip material and rip it off fast. It’s not meant to make it look pretty, so I would caution against this tool for the reason that it’s going to leave scratch marks. You then have to take out those scratch marks. Maybe on a tougher wood you could get away with it. This is where ninety percent of you are going to live. This is the oscillating sander. If you are looking at buying your first sander, this is the one. Okay? There’s a lot of corded and cordless models on the market now. I love cordless tools, but I’m very opinionated about this. I like cording for sanders for the simple reason that I want it to go for days. I don’t want to stop and change batteries and on a continuous run tool, you’re just gonna have battery drainage. There’s just really not a way around that, so I highly recommend the DeWalt orbital sander. I love it. It’s great and start with the lower grit. Start as low as 40, probably starting with an 80 (40 or 60 or 80). Move your way up through to 150 to 220. I ended on 220 with these new Diablo net sanders. They’re awesome. You probably don’t need to go any higher than that. Also, don’t skip. Don’t go from a 40 to a 400 grit. It’s gonna take you more time and the finish won’t look as good. This is what you need. You can do this from start to finish. It’s worth spending a little more money on, so that’s what I would recommend. Just to quickly to show you what else I used, I used an oscillating tool with a sanding attachment to get in some of these grooves. Hopefully you won’t need that. They’re relatively inexpensive. Also, just to clean off the dirt and debris, You might look at getting a wire brush. They’re really cheap and they attach through your drill. They come in both the round and the cup shapes, so you can use those. I actually pulled out the chisels. You can see in the video I ended up chiseling these out. I hope you won’t need that. Lastly, hand sanding pad. I don’t hand sand. I hate it, so don’t do it. So get ready to sand and sand and sand and sand some more. The invested sweat equity is worth it to save the cold hard cash (in my opinion). Remember, a smoother stump won’t require as much sanding. If you want to use a stump table outside, on a porch, or around a fire pit, it just won’t need to be finished as smoothly. As Sarah mentioned, she began by removing the bark and using a wire brush drill attachment to get into the grooves of the wood. The bark will loosen as it dries, so Sarah wanted to remove as much of the bark as possible to give the stump a clean, finished look that will last the lifetime of the table and not need more work later. Sarah also chose to remove the lower layer of bark by sanding and chiseling. The chisel was really useful on those deep grooves. Once you’ve sanded the stump to perfection, level it off with a chainsaw. Careful now! Either get help from someone who knows what they’re doing and/or read that instruction manual several times to avoid kickback and hurting yourself. Don’t forget to use the proper safety precautions. Finish it up with a belt sander and an orbital sander. After all her hard work sanding, Sarah chose to seal the stump with a varnish before bringing it inside. The finished stump is gorgeous and adds a really unique, natural element to Sarah’s living room. Don’t you think it looks great? Please be sure to give Sarah a thumbs up if you like how it turned out. So, tell us in the comments below where would you use a DIY stump table like this? And how much do you think one actually costs in real life? Go look it up and tell me in the comments below, and we will all be shocked. I’m telling you, it’s not cheap. Thanks again for watching guys. 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4 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own DIY Tree Stump Side Table and Save Hundreds!

  1. I love this project. I would use it outside on my decks, front and back. It's not difficult to get wood where I live in Canada, I actually own a small chain saw myself, however, I couldn't cut something this big. I might have to try this . I have seen these in the 300.00 range…

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