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Tree Stump Side Table

Make a Tree Stump Side Table

A couple years ago, or maybe it was last year.

A storm blew through the neighborhood and a friend of mine lost a few trees.

I gained a couple side tables.

Tree stump table

Before they were ordinary, run of the mill stumps.

stump table

Items used to transform these beauties.

I used Minwax Colonial Walnut Wood-Sheen Rubbing Stain and Minwax Helmsman Spar Urethane.

 I wanted the wood grain to show, but I also wanted to protect the finish.

I predrilled, used wood screws to hold the casters on.

(I used these from Lowe’s.  They look heavy duty, those stumps are heavy 🙂

Stump with wheels

We didn’t have a chainsaw, so we leveled with shims made from pressure treated deck wood.

(left over from where we replaced some of the decking)

tall stump table

The Tall One

stump table

This short one.

I turned it so that the top has the most surface, in case we want to play checkers on top.


tree table

table from a stump


stump table

stump table

I’ll be doing several posts on the reFreshing of the dock.  Breaking down, the things that I did.  I will try to do one a week, I don’t want you to get bored with the dock.  It’s not a boring place, but it is a great place to relax.

Do you think you’ll be making any stump side tables?

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  1. I do the same thing with the stumps and use them for the base for a bird bath. I use a clay or plastic saucer for the water.

  2. I remember seeing these from you over a year ago and loved them! I am now the owner of two stumps I got from a neighbor. They have bark on them but I’d like the bark off and do something similar to what you did. Did yours have bark and if so, how did you remove it? They’ve been sitting in my garage for a month or so, I’m hoping to dry them out and maybe that will be easier to remove the bark. Thanks for any advice you have! Sharon

  3. Showed this to my husband…he is totally going to make some of these. Our neighbor had a couple black walnut trees that fell (almost hit their house) & they hired my dh to clean it all up. He has the wood in our back yard. So excited to see some of these beautiful tables! Now I just need to get him to build my deck out back to put them on, lol!

  4. Tree stumps are so super expensive to buy. I’ve been dreaming of one that could my hands on too. Great job. Your patio deck is looking great. First find on your blog but I’ll definitely be back.

  5. I completely and totally heart your stump side table up-cycle!!!! :o) I am for sure going to have to do something like this this summer!!! Thank you for the inspiration!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy
    and thank you for linking up!!!

  6. I’m so jealous! I’ve been looking for some stumps for a while now. I love how yours turned out! The look great in your room!!

  7. How absolutely perfect for that space. I think the addition of the wheels is brilliant…and so smart to have the wide end at the top. Can’t wait for all of the other breakdown posts. 🙂

  8. Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website

    with us so I came to check it out. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking and will be tweeting this to my followers!

  9. Debbie, you ROCK! This is just fabulous! I’m grabbing my ax and heading to my neighbors yard right now 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at my 1st ever linky party! You’re such a good friend!!

  10. I’ll be looking around for some trees to cut down.

  11. I love them… did you see the stumps that were dining chairs on the cover of the new Country Living? Beautiful!

  12. HI. great natural upcycling project.
    Wooden blocks go so well with many types of decor.
    So good I feel like featuring you…
    but actually, I came over via the LINKY FOLLOWERS blog hop.
    I am following you. Will you follow me back??

  13. Loving the casters! I love anything with wheels! These just look so great on your dock space!

  14. Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays 🙂 I so love this 🙂

  15. I love them, and yes! I will eventually make one. A weekend at the farm usually means a stump or two to “play” with. I can’t wait to see the rest of the dock. Looks like a great place to relax!

  16. that looks great! perfect for that space.

  17. HI
    Following you from linky followers blog hop. Please stop by and follow me if you have a chance-

  18. Hi Debbie. I’ve been getting your emails for awhile now, but I just clicked to your Linky!

    I’m on the Linky Blog Hop.

    I hope that you will follow me back!

    robin 🙂


  19. AWESOME Debbie!!! I wondered if there’s a way in wordpress to make it so I can reply to your email when you leave a comment instead of having your email address show up as a no reply commenter!?!? This is how you do it with Blogger…http://www.52mantels.com/2011/12/getting-organized.html Is there something similar that you know of!?! I LOVE coming over, but sometimes like to leave a quick note in reply! Just checkin’! No worries my little FB buddy!!! XO, Aimee

  20. Love the stump tables! I would have to sneak some off someone else’s property since we only have one tree, boo-hoo. I’m a new Linky follower from the blog hop, would love for you to come visit and follow if you like. 🙂

  21. I absolutely love these!! SO much interest and texture. i would love to have one inside but all we have right now are downed pine trees. 🙂

  22. Hi these are so great,love this idea,new follower from LF,would love if you would stop by my blog and maybe follow?I host a creative Monday hop which opens in a few hours I would love you to link up/?

  23. Those are amazing Debbie! Last year we had to have a tree in the back yard cut down by the power company. I kept telling myself to save some of it but didn’t . Also love your new haircut!:)

  24. Hi Deb

    This looks PERFECT in the corner of the room. It just naturally goes with the palm and the fresh outdoor feeling of your space. The size and and shape are perfect, too. My neighbors tree fell down back in the fall and I got all excited thinking I would ask for a piece of the trunk, but the center of it was hollow. 🙁
    My best- Diane

  25. Very cute, Debbie – have you seen the latest issue of “Country Living”? The front cover features a kitchen table that uses tree stumps as seating – I can’t imagine sitting on them every day, but for occasion use on your deck, I think they are great!

  26. I love those stump tables! I’m a new linky follower, hope you’ll come and follow back 🙂

  27. Love it! Such a creative use for downed trees! Great recycle! Already a friend through LINKY!!!

  28. Love these tables Debbie!!! I might have to make one of these someday, very cool. I like the casters too, makes it so much easier to move around.

  29. These are great. I had six stumps to use as seats around the fire pit for years. I wanted to turn a couple into side tables but my husband got rid of them all one day cleaning up the yard! I was so upset.

  30. Oh I LOVE them! They are so perfect on the dock…I bet your neighbor never dreamed you’d turn his trees into tables! lol


  31. These are fabulous, Debbie! I love that you added casters and I think they are perfect for the dock.

  32. I love these! Now I just need to find some large trees to chop up 🙂

  33. Those are gorgeous. What a great way to reuse.

  34. Hi Debbie,
    These tree stump tables are the best!
    What a great idea…they work so well on the dock.
    It does look like a beautiful spot to relax anytime of the day!
    All the Best,

  35. Awesome trunk tables Debbie. Those would be super expensive to buy!

  36. Debbie:

    I just love the tree stump tables! They are so neat and I love the natural look of them. Thanks so much for sharing!

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