How to Make a Wood Stump Side Table

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In this project, Alex Enarson shows us how to turn old, structural timber into a functional end table. Bringing salvaged wood into your home is a great way to not only make a statement, but also bring a bit of history into a space. Here’s how you can get your own wood stump side table:


  • Steel brush
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • Saws-all
  • Orbital sander
  • Drill
  • 3-inch drywall screws
  • Safety gear


  1. Cut beam to four unequal pieces
  2. Lightly clean sides with brushes
  3. Sand end grains at 80, 120, and 220-grit
  4. Determine table layout
  5. Drill pilot holes and screw pieces together.

This task has a moderate difficulty level, so plan around three hours. The total cost is around $75

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