Choosing the right stump can be the most difficult part of this diy tree trunk coffee table project. Soft woods (cedar and pine) weigh less than most hardwoods, giving them an advantage in handling materials. Unload the stump in a place where a mess will not cause a problem. The stump of the photo was rescued from a pile of weeds that was about to be burned. Evaluate the cleaned stump thoroughly to determine the cut line. Higher up in the trunk, it is safer (so as not to damage the chain), while you will get a more curvilinear appearance in the area closest to the roots.
Cut some of the root appendages to give a better look to your cutting line. Eliminate anything that may be lurking there. While using the chainsaw, follow all manufacturer’s safety instructions and use the recommended safety equipment. Cut the root ball to establish the legs of your diy tree trunk coffee table. Keep the cut as square as possible to the center of the trunk. Cut the upper square of the trunk and make it as straight as possible. Reduce the propagation of the end of the root to an aesthetically pleasing size. When deciding where to cut, consider the place where you will use the table and the proportion of the trunk to the end of the root.
Sand both ends leaving them smooth and flat. Starting with a very thick band (40 grains) in the belt sander. Once the bottom is flat, check your work table with a leveler. Next, check the top of the table. If the top is parallel to the bottom, the table will be in the same position on the leveler as the work table. Make the adjustments by sanding the high points and lowering them in a single plane that is parallel to the legs. Once the top and bottom are flat and parallel to each other, use a thinner band (grain 60) to eliminate the scratches left by the thick band.
Sand the upper and lower parts leaving them smooth using a random orbital sander, starting with thinner pads than the band you have finished with (80 grit recommended). Use progressively finer grains to achieve a smooth surface (120, 180 and 220 recommended). Soften the marks of the angle grinder with a detail sander. Converts machined sections to natural surfaces. Finish the stump with a protective layer. The soy-based polyurethane was used on the table of images. You will notice that the tree stump coffee tables is very versatile, both in appearance and function.