Coffee table tree trunk: DIY project simple to realize

The industrial furniture with their raw appearance are probably in vogue the last years. However, for a true spirit nature interior nothing better than wood. Even more interesting than the furniture factory, the furniture design made in this noble material attracts us more and more. Today, we present you a true masterpiece that knows how to adapt to all styles of decoration. Make a tree trunk coffee table for the living room, for the bedroom or an end table ultra trendy and customizable! The biggest advantage is that each model is unique by its shape, its size, its veins.

Massive, textured and natural, the tree trunk is suitable for all interiors

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Coffee table tree trunk to manufacture oneself

Materials

  • tree trunk
  • sandpaper (medium and fine grain)
  • finish according to your choice
  • paint brushes
  • DIY tools

Step 1) Choice of tree trunk

First of all, you have to select a healthy and dry tree trunk.

In addition, its diameter and height may vary depending on your preferences. For example, for a coffee table, choose a trunk with a diameter of 40 cm and a height of 30 cm.

Note : If your trunk is freshly cut, it means it is not dry. It should therefore be allowed to dry for 12 to 24 months to allow it to grow naturally. However, if you are impatient, you can remove the bark beforehand to speed up the process.

The choice of trunk is indeed essential for the final result

sanding wood coffee table tree trunk

Step 2) Remove the bark from the tree trunk

In order to detach the bark from the wood, insert a wood chisel between the bark and the trunk. Then, tap with a hammer to separate the bark.

Trunk preparation

coffee table tree trunk remove bark

It is certainly the most difficult task

project diy coffee table tree trunk

Step 3) Sanding

For sanding you will need an electric sander. Start with a coarse sandpaper (40 to 80). The typical round ribs and the heart of the wood appear. For wood fibers to become obvious, wipe a wet sponge on the tray.

Continue with a medium grain sandpaper (120 to 150) if you intend to paint the trunk. Otherwise, consider using a fine grain (180 to 240) that is suitable for oiled or waxed finishes.

Remember to smooth the surface of the future table top

cleaning trunk coffee table tree trunk

In the end, it is recommended to treat the trunk with a fungicide and insecticide product to protect it from insects with xylophagous larvae, termites and fungi. If the wood cracks, brush it with linseed oil.

advice : Since at this stage it is created a lot of dust, it is strongly advised to wear a mask.

Step 4) Finish

To protect your tree trunk coffee table there are several options. For example, you can paint it with wood paint, brush with an aquaethane sealer, or apply wax or wood oil.

Protect the trunk with an appropriate finish

sanding trunk coffee table tree trunk

varnishing

painting trunk coffee table tree trunk

Step 5) Mounting casters or feet (optional)

First, turn the trunk on the side that will be on the floor. Then, using a wood pencil, mark the imprints of the fixing holes. Finally, place four casters or four metal feet making sure your table stays balanced and can not tip over.

Natural variations in shape and size make each table a unique piece

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