We have this love for wood!! It’s a deep love for crazy cool wood detail. I dream of old homes with cool old wood detailing and really anything wood, can you see we have a problem? Anyways, you get the picture that we love wood. Lately, I have been seeing homes with stump coffee tables, to say the least I was hooked. I showed Eric and we were hook, line and sinker, we had to make one! Or how about three??? I told you we have a problem, we just could not choose. They were all amazing.
As a side note this is one of those projects that takes awhile to finish, oh like over 4 months… The project was lots of waiting/sanding/finishing and if you know me, you know I don’t like to wait. But I think it was worth every minute… Just look at our master pieces, amazing!
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This story started with us finding a saw mill and lucky for us there was one by my parents house. And we found this lovely pile of wood stumps…
And after about an hour we came home with these three beauties, that’s right we picked 3…
Next we let them dry out for over a month in our garage just to make sure they were all dried out. After that long wait, we started to remove the bark and shape the stump to our liking.
This stump is so big that we had to use our long board to move it…
After chiseling away unwanted features, we sanded and sanded and sanded some more. We first used a 60 grit sandpaper, then 120, and finished it off with 220. And we went through a lot of sandpaper…
But those stumps were baby smooth… Just look at the difference from the top photo to the photo below, it’s the same stump.
After sanding the stumps, we then took an air compressor, with an air blowing attachment, and cleaned the stump by blowing air to remove the dirt.
But just to make sure we removed all the dirt we wiped the stumped down with a damp cloth.
Now we were ready for the finishing touch, the finish. After lots of research, we decided to use 100% Tung Oil. I plan on writing a post about the difference between poly and tung oil. But the biggest difference is that tung oil penetrates into the wood making the grain color deeper.
After applying the tung oil we again let the stump sit for about 3 weeks to make sure the oil penetrated into the wood. And here are two of our stumps all finished, the last one is down stairs. See how the Tung Oil brings the color out in the wood and gives it a natural finish.
And here is our living room currently.
Anyone else DIYing stump tables or do you want to?
UPDATE: We decided to add industrial style feet to our stump tables, check how to do that here.