How to Make a Table Top From a Tree Ring

If you enjoy rustic home décor, then you might have something to do with that old tree stump after all. The ring pattern that you see on the top of that stump can be used to make a stylish, decorative and functional table top for almost any room in your home. Because the tree stump is probably low to the ground, this project can help you create a great coffee table or end table.

An old tree stump might have some use after all.

Step 1

Use a belt sander to level the top and bottom of the tree stump. If the tree stump is extremely uneven, you may need to cut it straight across with a chain saw to reduce the amount of sanding.

Step 2

Check the surface with a level several times as you sand.

Step 3

Brush a clear wood polyurethane over the entire surface of the stump to prevent wood rot. Wait for the polyurethane to dry.

Step 4

Set the stump in place in your home, and place the piece of glass on top of it. Position it so that it's centered. The tree rings can be seen right through the glass to create a stylish tabletop.

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J. Johnson has been completing freelance writing work since September 2009. Her work includes writing website content and small client projects. Johnson holds a degree in English from North Carolina State University.