How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

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How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

Friends, living over in the high desert now, in central Oregon, we have more access to wood and the great outdoors. Last summer, my husband made me the most beautiful, rustic Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table. I’m not sure if you’ve ever priced these out ($299!), but today I’m sharing our DIY instructions How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table.

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

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How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

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Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

Now for the fun. I love re-creating something that costs a lot of money, for little (and looks pretty much the same!)

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

Here we have Pottery Barn’s.

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

Here we have the Coughlin’s.

I love the size, perfect for our living room.

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

A side table for our outdoor entertaining area.

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

And a lovely spring conversation piece, with our new lounge chairs on our back deck!

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

So much texture and character, this winter with our outdoor fire (and Skillet S’Mores).

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

Made from lodge pole pines, each handcrafted with texture and character, a one of a kind piece, Paul has made me 4! Easy, peasy! (Below, Walnut-Crusted Goat Cheese with Thyme & Honey.)

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

How it’s constructed:

Handcrafted of reclaimed and sustainable solid lodge pole pine wood.
Hand applied natural finish.
Stump is hand sanded smooth.

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

Tools Needed:

(Of course we always use Ryobi Tools!)

Circular saw
Belt sander
Circular sander
Hatchett
Stain
Polyurethane (liquid)
3 rubber pieces

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

1. Select a cut of wood that is appealing and attractive to you.
2. It helps if the stump isn’t leaning to one side or another, but looks mostly square. Look at both ends of the wood, and decide which end looks more attractive. Chances are you will need to remove some material to make the table level.
3. Put a level across the top and see where the high points are. Mark the high points with a pencil. Remove these high points with your belt sander, using course sand paper. Since lodge pole is soft, we prefer to use a circular saw at this phase, that is set to where it only takes 1/4 inch off (or less, depending on your needs) at a time.
4. Run the blade across the surface to remove the high spot. Then come back over with the belt sander for a more fine-tuned approach.
5. Once level, strip off all of the bark. Sometime it peels off pretty easily, sometimes it doesn’t. Use a hatchet to start with, then grind the the rest off with a circular sander.
6. Once it’s level and bark-free, I sand the entire thing with my circular sander, graduating from course paper to finer paper.
7. Look for places where the wood is missing and it doesn’t look good; fill these gaps with a mixture of waterproof glue and sawdust.
8. Once these spots are dry and sanded, put on whatever stain you like (or you can choose no stain).
9. Finish off with polyurethane, using the liquid (not the spray can), which is less expensive.
10. Add 3 rubber bottom pieces with a screw in the middle (easier on the flooring), creating an attractive floating bottom effect.

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

Now you’re ready for entertaining!

ENJOY!

How to Make a Pottery Barn Reclaimed Wood Stump Table

9 comments

  1. Soooo…when will these be available for us to buy??????

  2. That is so cool, I really love your table! It looks amazing. I’m in love with your home and setting. Everything is so peaceful and beautiful!

     And I <3  you! 

    Thank you for sharing my book, too!  

  3. You say you can ship them. What is cost with shipping to GA? Would love one made from Lodge Pole Pine!

  4. Sorry but I misread what you said about shipping. What is the cost of stump table from Lodge Pole Pine? We will be near Bend in May.

  5. I have some stumps and I am in the process of making tables out of them. Hurray! My question is about the polyurethane — does it go all over or just on top??

  6. I just LOVE these! They look so beautiful – great job!  Couple of questions; where do you get “rubber pieces” and what do they look like (are they round, square, size, etc.)?  On the tables where you left the bark on, do you use the polyurethane on the bark also?  Thank you so much!

    • Hey, Chris. Got the round pegs for the bottom on Amazon. Used 3 not 4, so less likely to tip. Yes, poly on all bark (and non bark). :)

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