Walnut Stump Coffee Table

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Project by Mcpowell posted 01-10-2020 04:34 AM 1038 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In March of 2019 I decided to dig up a walnut stump. This is the stump from the tree, cut five years earlier, I used to build my kitchen table. It was in the woods ~ 100 yards from my home growing up. After about 40 hours of digging by hand, I rented an excavator to lift the stump from the hole. I took the stump to a local mill and had it slabbed, but left ~ 1/4 of it intact to make a coffee table. Even when quartered, it was heavy. I would estimate the table weighs about 350 lbs. It was interesting trying to move it around and I had to get pretty creative. After drying for 5-6 months in my basement, I went ahead and “finished” it with 100% tung oil mixed with citrus solvent. I expect I will be re-finishing every year, for quite a few years. Also, I’m hoping it will do most of it’s movement in the next 5 years or so. Once I think it’s mostly done moving, I plan to fill in the cracks and finish it again. I did have to fashion a wrought iron leg as it will not stand by itself.

I always felt like I was rolling the dice as there was a lot of spongy sap wood as I was digging. The beetles/bugs made for some very nice designs and the heartwood was completely intact. Pictures hardly do it justice, the grain is very nice when the light hits it right.

I hope you enjoy.

PS and here’s the link to my original thread:

-- I want to be good

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#1 posted 01-10-2020 06:01 AM

Massive and beautiful. It’s not every day you see a table so grand. I enjoyed your posts of it as you progressed.

Nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 01-10-2020 06:08 AM

Your stump makes an incredibly unique table. You shouldn’t have to worry about your wife rearranging the furniture while you’re at work!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#3 posted 01-10-2020 11:48 AM

A lot of time and effort no doubt, it is such a beautiful table it surely is well worth the time and labor for a one of a komd beauty ike this.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-10-2020 12:43 PM

That is dedication. You and your family can enjoy this for years.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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#5 posted 01-10-2020 02:30 PM

Waaaaay beyond awesome ! congrats on turning a stump into a work of art

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 01-10-2020 02:38 PM

man that stump makes for a gorgeous table,and i like the way you made the leg really works well with 350lb’s i guess you wont be rearranging the furniture to often-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 01-10-2020 05:35 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#8 posted 01-10-2020 08:24 PM

Pretty nice …and heavy , I soppose!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 01-10-2020 10:00 PM

Man i love it. It looks amazing. Good choice on the finish. I have been using that same finish a lot lately on my more natural creations.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 01-10-2020 11:25 PM

Incredible vision to see that table in a stump still in the ground. I applaud you.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#11 posted 01-11-2020 01:59 AM

That is way too cool! My FiL bought a redwood chunk kind of like this when driving through the Sequoias in California, and was going to make a table with it. Fast forward 45 years, it’s now in the rafters in our garage. Guess I ought to pull it down and do something with it. I hope that I do as well as you did!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#12 posted 01-11-2020 11:15 AM

Man that stump must have been calling your name. A ton of work no doubt. Really cool table. Great story

-- Petey

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#13 posted 01-11-2020 05:47 PM

Totally out of this world!

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#14 posted 01-12-2020 05:13 AM

Beautiful grain and shape. I sure wouldn’t want to smack my shins on it in the dark. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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