Pinterest Outdoor Table Hack

Sometimes you see something on Pinterest and you just know you’re gonna have it as with the scene below.

Source: via Jo on Pinterest

We’ve got the base of this table in a great place in the yard just beyond the garden.  It was originally a red maple that was destroyed by Hurricane Irene.

This red maple is just a stump now.

All that’s left is this stump firmly rooted in the ground.

Red maple tree stump

Charlie trimmed it straight across at about 27 inches from the ground.

Trim the tree trunk as level as possible.

Charlie cut a nice round of oak from the tree that fell over in the hurricane.

This is a tricky cut because our saw is smaller than the diameter of the tree trunk.

Here’s the slab of wood ready for some decortation and preservation.

The thickness of the oak slab averages just under 3 inches.

I sanded the better of the two sides of the slab to within an inch of its life. Then I laid out a branch held lightly down with rolled masking tape and dabbed stain all around it.

Dab on stain around leaves and tape.

Then I filled in some of the leaves with grey stain.

Fill in the leaves with some grey stain and outline with Sharpie marker.

When we went to attach the table top to the stump we realized it ws still too tall so Charlie cut it down another 4 inches or so trying very hard to make it level.

Keep it level, Charlie!

Then he attached a board to the stump with five 3.5 inch screws.

Old cabinet door is screwed into the stump, trimmed and used as a base for the oak slab.

Up from the bottom he attached the stained slab to the board with 2.5 inch screws.

The slab is supported from the bottom and very sturdy.

And here’s the result.

The table is ready to be enjoyed along with a cup of coffee and a friend.

A nice place to sit and have a cup of tea and a good read.

I’m sure Charlie is planning to clear the wood from behind the table.

What’s your latest Pinterest hack?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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