The Stump Chair
 

I had seen a few "stump" based projects on the Interwebs and wanted the opportunity to do something awesome with one...so I ended up with this! 

This was an amazing tree stump. I acquired it from the abandon hills of Mammoth Mountain, California...and I couldn't wait to make something awesome from it. I don't know the wood type, but boy is it hard. 

Diamond in the rough.

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So I got to hacking.

#peeled. 

Used my Ryobi electric hand planer to smooth out the top and take off bit branch bases.

Hand planed and sanded with my orbital sander. And now smooth. I was super excited to see how the super green wood dried out. My hope was that, because I wasn't controlling the humidity/drying timeline as I have no means to, the stump would form a huge crack once it had dried out. I think it just looks cool.

Let the four month dry-out period begin.

120 days later, it's dried out (enough) with some sweet cracks. Time to round out the edges. I started with my circular saw, angled at 45°, to cut out the sides. Used a chisel to take off pieces that didn't quite come off.  

After cutting, the belt sander took over. 60 grit and a lotta force started to smooth things out. 

Clearly I am right handed and push all the saw dust onto my left side. #ankles

Getting closer...

40 minutes.
60 grit sand belt --> 120 orbital sander --> 240 sanding block.
It was complete.

Cleaned it off with a wet microfiber rag, sanded down lightly one more time to smooth over the raised grains, and added a coat of tung oil. 

This was a quicker project. This can be used for many things in the living room: foot rest, hold the tv remotes, stool to sit on...whatever floats your boat. Thinking about adding a few clear coats to it eventually...

TOOLS
RYOBI Circular Saw
RYOBI Cordless Orbital Sander
RYOBI Belt Sander
RYOBI Corded Hand Planer
Hammer
Hand Sanding Sponges  (120-220 Grit)
Chisel

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