Rustic Home Décor: Tree Stump Table

Make a coffee table from a tree stump and a slab of wood to give your space a one-of-a-kind elegance.

| June 24, 2010

The following is an excerpt from Tree Craft: 35 Rustic Wood Projects That Bring the Outdoors In by Chris Lubkemann (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2010). Nothing adds more warmth and charm to a home than the simple beauty of natural wood. Thanks to woodworker Lubkemann’s creative, practical projects in Tree Craft, bringing the splendor of the outdoors into your home is easier than ever. This excerpt is from Chapter 3, “Living.” 

A coffee table made from a slab and a stump will really bring the outdoors into your living room. You could also build one of these rugged pieces to serve as a long-lasting, no-fuss outdoor table. Slap a couple of stumps next to it, and you’ve got seating! This rugged coffee table would cost a small fortune to purchase, but you can make it yourself for a lot less.


Big slab of wood for tabletop
Big stump for pedestal
Belt sander
Stain, if desired


1. Find a big slab of wood for the tabletop. Here’s the large slice of American elm I started with. This is definitely a piece I wouldn’t want to drop on any body parts!

6/4/2012 3:10:16 PM

I have tried several times with oak and cypress but each time the slab splits on me. I wish the write up had a little more detail.

Suzanne Horvath
6/30/2010 11:28:17 AM

I tried to do this once a few years back. The bugs reduced it to sawdust eventually. What can the wood be treated with to prevent this? Can you soak the wood with a boric acid solution? Or is there something else?

6/25/2010 1:02:24 PM

If you wanted to make this as an outdoors table, what would be the best stain/product to use to help protect it from the elements?

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