I searched retailers, private and public, etsy, you name it, and then decided I’ll just do it myself.
Now, if you live anywhere other than the desert it shouldn’t be too hard to find some extra stumps but for me this was not the case. I literally had to wait until one of my neighbors was cutting down a tree then asked them to cut me a couple of pieces to a specific height.
What they won’t tell you on Pinterest! Chiseling off the bark takes FOREVER!!!!! Buy a LARGE chisel!
Tips to each step:
- Turn the chisel so the flat edge is towards you so when you hit it with your hammer it doesn’t chisel farther into the log and make big dents but instead chisels the bark outwards. It also might help to pick a type of tree that has a thicker bark if you are able to. Getting the bark off takes a lot of time, I would suggest doing it in the morning when it is cool outside.
- Everyone will tell you to let it dry first…if you live anywhere hot….this will crack your log significantly so don’t let it dry for too long.
Sanding is the easy part but purchase a circular sander do NOT use a square one. Also, the top is IMPOSIBBLE to sand down so make sure it is cut level.
In the end, I’m glad I took the time to finish these and LOVE the finished product. Also, they were free which makes me love them even more. Except, now my husband wants a coffee table for the basement……I might have to make him do the chiseling this time!