Weekend before last, after a week or more sealed off in our garage, we brought the stump out in the alley to start working on it.
I were both a little anal about getting every last line and imperfection out of the top of that stump, so the sanding portion of this project is what took the longest.
After all that sanding it was time for a little wood stabilizer before flipping this puppy over to work on the bottom. Later that day we came back out, flipped the stump over and started almost from the beginning.
I gently sanded and buffed the topcoat with a #220 fine grit sandpaper before putting the final topcoat on. She assured me she just wanted to show the table in it’s best light for this blog reveal and that our remotes, drinking glasses and other “real life” staples would most likely soon overtake the table once outside of the camera’s spotlight.
Stump rings coat
I recently made a sofa table with a reclaimed wood plank and hairpin legs, and this incarnation puts that to shame. As timber has a moisture content of up to 80% for certain deciduous trees, thatx26#39;s potentially a lot of shrinkage. Working together, creating something beautiful, and sharing it with us all has got to be very rewarding.
Soft wood species (like pines) contain a lot of water and as they dry the cell walls will shrink considerably causing at least one really large, unsightly crack. As timber has a moisture content of up to 80% for certain deciduous trees, that’s potentially a lot of shrinkage. Do you have any tips about how to even it out (or even leave it and just adjust the leg height)?
It just sat there day after day and about 2 weeks after she began seeing it she started telling me each evening how she wanted me to go get it so we could make something out of it. Since we knew we’d want to make the stump into a side table in-between our 2 couches, we’d need the end result to be right around 24 inches tall. Planing the top surface was pretty straightforward — it just took a steady hand and a little patience before we’d gotten that fresh layer of exposed wood we were looking for. We decided we wanted this side to be the top of the table since the double rings were most prominent on this side.
I poured and thoroughly wiped on 2 coats of the wood juice, which was fun to watch since the wood promptly absorbed it into all of it’s nooks, crannies and rings, bubbling up a little as if it were thirsty.
You may be able to see why we chose the other side as the top of the table from the picture above — we just liked the way the two rings were so much larger and more prominent on the flip side.
While the stump had plenty of time to dry in the garage, the differences in humidity of being indoors vs.
We also feel like the table has helped with the evolution of this room — replacing the red stool with something a little more substantial just makes the space feel that much more homey.
We are going to make some taller ones to set around with pillow to set on for extra seating. It splits radially because there are more cells around the periphery (the bark area) than in the centre.
We sprayed a few different light coats of the krylon clear coat between dryings just to ensure everything stuck in place and it’s been holding up well. Also, you will save more of the beautiful bark if you cut the tree in the winter when it isn’t growing (unless it is freshly dead, in which case you should cut it up immediately before it is attacked by insects). Isn’t it fun to see something take shape and be useful that you made with your own hands!