Walnut Stump Coffee Table
In March of 2019 I decided to dig up a walnut stump. This is the stump from the tree 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 or so. 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.
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posted at: 12:00am on 10-Jan-2020
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