How to Turn a Tree Stump Into an Outdoor Table

Turning a tree stump into an outdoor table is an excellent way to repurpose something otherwise discarded. Doing so adds a unique touch to your backyard and gives you a functional piece of furniture for entertaining guests or simply enjoying the outdoors.

How to Turn a Tree Stump Into an Outdoor Table

Not only is this project practical, but it’s also extremely cost-effective. With some simple materials and a bit of creative vision, you can easily transform an old tree stump into a beautiful outdoor table.

One of the main advantages of turning a tree stump into an outdoor table is that it is relatively easy to do. This makes it accessible to a wide range of DIYers, regardless of their skill level.

It also requires minimal materials and tools. All you need is a chainsaw, electric drill, wood paint or wood varnish, wood screws, and wood glue. In this blog article, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to turn a tree stump into an outdoor table.

Tools You Will Need

  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Hammer and nails
  • Safety goggles
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Four pieces of wood, 2”x4” (for the table base)
  • Plywood sheet that is large enough to cover the top surface of the tree stump
  • Waterproof adhesive glue
  • Four pieces of wood, 2”x4” (for the table legs)
  • Outdoor furniture sealer

Step-by-step Instructions for How to Turn a Tree Stump Into an Outdoor Table

Step 1: Inspect  the Tree Stump

Inspecting Its Overall Condition

Inspecting its overall condition ensures the tree stump is still structurally sound. Check for any visible signs of decay or rot, and make sure that the wood is in good enough shape to use as a table.

Step 2: Gather the Necessary Equipment and Materials

Find the tools and materials to turn the tree stump into an outdoor table. This will include a saw, hammer, drill and screws, sandpaper, paint or stain and sealant. Measure the desired size of your outdoor table and use the saw to cut the tree stump accordingly. Make sure the surface is even and smooth before moving on to the next step.

Step 3: Drill Holes for Legs

Use a drill to make holes in the tabletop where the legs will be inserted. Make sure these holes are evenly spaced and fit the size of your chosen legs. Insert the legs into their designated holes, making sure they are securely fastened. Use screws or a hammer and nails to secure them in place.

Step 4: Sand the Surface

Using sandpaper, smooth out any rough edges on the tabletop and legs. You may also want to use a belt sander for this step if you have access to one. You can paint or stain your table to give it a unique look. Make sure that you use an exterior paint or stain and sealant to protect it from the elements.

Step 5: Add Accessories

Add accessories such as chairs, cushions, umbrellas, and more to complete your outdoor table. Find a place outdoors where you can put your newly made outdoor table. Ensure it is in an area that will not be too exposed to harsh weather conditions such as direct sunlight or strong winds.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Outdoor Table

Enjoy Your New Outdoor Table

Sit back, relax, and enjoy your new outdoor table. With proper care and maintenance, it can last for many years to come. By following these steps, you can easily turn a tree stump into an outdoor table.

Tips for How to Turn a Tree Stump Into an Outdoor Table

  1. Always wear protective eyewear and gloves when operating power tools.
  2. Ensure you are working on a flat, level surface to reduce the risk of injury or accidents.
  3. Have a fire extinguisher nearby in case sparks fly during the project.
  4. Secure the tree stump with clamps and sandbags to ensure it doesn’t move or rotate while working.
  5. Have a helper present during the project—having an extra set of hands is always better as accidents can happen quickly.
  6. Be aware of your surroundings and avoid walking in areas where you could trip over power cords, tools, etc.
  7. Disconnect power tools between uses and unplug them when not in use.
  8. Invest in a good quality dust mask—wood dust can be hazardous to your health if breathed in.

Following these tips will help ensure a successful tree stump project that you can enjoy for years to come.

How Do You Sand and Stain the Tree Stump Correctly?

Sanding the Top of the Stump

Once you have secured the tree stump to your desired surface, sanding and staining are the final steps in turning it into an outdoor table. Start by sanding the top of the stump with 150-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish.

This will also help to remove any sharp edges or splinters from the wood.  After sanding, apply a clear sealant to the top of the stump so that your stain will adhere properly.

After applying the sealant can begin staining the tree stump with an outdoor wood-stain product. Apply the wood stain according to the directions on its package and let it dry completely before adding any additional coats. How many stains and sealants you use will depend on the desired look and how much protection from outdoor elements your table needs.

How Can You Finish Your Outdoor Table With Decorative Accents? 

Once you have your tree stump, you can start to decorate it and make it look like a stylish piece of outdoor furniture. Depending on the size and shape of your tree stump, there are many ways to add decorative accents.

For instance, you could add thin metal legs for support if you have a large round stump. You could also add a layer of wood to the top of the stump to create a flat surface. This could be sealed with varnish or paint to protect it from the elements.

If you have a large flat-topped tree stump, you can use this as an outdoor table by attaching wooden legs for support and securing them with screws. You can also give the table an interesting look by adding cup holders, planters, or a small birdbath to the top.

You may also want to consider varnishing or painting your tree stump outdoor table in order to protect it from the elements. A final touch could be adding some waterproof cushions for comfort. With a bit of creativity and effort, you can turn an old tree stump into a stylish outdoor table that will be sure to add some character to your garden or yard.

How Do You Store and Maintain the Tree Stump Table? 

Storing and maintaining the tree stump table is relatively easy. To store it, be sure to place it in an area of your yard that will remain dry and keep it away from direct sunlight or excessive moisture.

If you don’t have a covered outdoor space, consider keeping it indoors when not in use. When cleaning the surface of the table, avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive brushes. For general cleaning, use a soft cloth and warm water with mild soap or an all-purpose cleaner to remove dirt and debris.

Consider Applying a Sealant

To protect the surface of your tree stump table, consider applying a sealant that is designed specifically for outdoor furniture. This will help preserve your outdoor table’s finish and protect it from any weather damage. In addition to regular cleaning, you should regularly check the tree stump table for signs of wear or damage.

If the tree stump has started to crack or split, it is time to replace it with a new piece of wood. Additionally, if you notice any signs of rot or decay, it is best to remove the entire tree stump and start over. With proper care and maintenance, your tree stump table can be an attractive addition to your outdoor living space for many years.

How Long Will the Finished Product Last if It’s Properly Maintained? 

Once you have finished turning a tree stump into an outdoor table, it is important to remember that proper maintenance is key to ensuring its longevity. How long your finished product will last depends on the type of wood used and how well you maintain it. Pressure-treated wood can last up to 20 years if properly taken care of.

Cedar treated with a sealant may last up to 30 years, while untreated cedar is expected to last around 10-15 years. Taking the time to sand and stain the table regularly will help extend its lifespan. In general, it’s important to keep the table’s surface dry as much as possible to prevent any water damage. Covering the table with a tarp is also recommended when it’s not in use.


In conclusion,  turning a tree stump into an outdoor table is not as difficult as it may seem. All you need is a tree stump, some woodworking tools, and a little bit of creativity. With the right materials and techniques, you can create a beautiful outdoor table that will last for years to come.

Don’t be afraid to get creative with your design – the possibilities are seemingly endless. With a little bit of time and effort, you can turn an old tree stump into an attractive outdoor table to enhance your yard or patio.

I hope reading this post has helped you learn how to turn a tree stump into an outdoor table. Make sure the safety precautions are carried out in the order listed.

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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