Tree Trunk Table

I can’t take credit for this next before and after… it was actually my neighbour, Barry, that made this – but as soon as he showed me what he’d made I HAD to share it.

Barry started with a large sheet (thicker than a sheet really, but I don’t know what else to call it) of a tree.  Not lumber, because the sides aren’t planed down and it still has all the character of the tree with a mish-mash of measurements – a big, thick sheet/slab.

slab of wood


What I love most about this project (besides the finished product) is that this piece is cut up and down the trunk and isn’t a cross-section.  I’m not sure of the logistics of this, but it seems like a better use of the wood to me.  Barry said this was actually a branch section – so this was an old guy for sure.

Barrys tree table 6

Barry had an old stainless steel coffee table frame to use for the legs, so he cut the slab down to fit those measurements.  He had to jig saw the bark edges off, and – just in case you can’t tell from the photos – he did a LOT of sanding.

Barrys tree table 2

He used a Tung Oil (Tung Oil Finish is an oil-based protective finish that gives wood a soft, semi-gloss luster. It is durable, easily maintained, and highly resistant to staining) and a few layers of clear coat over top – sanding between coats.

You can tell just by looking at this how much effort was put into it.

Barrys tree table 3

Something like this – not even hand crafted – would run well over $1,000 and wouldn’t be nearly as gorgeous.

This piece has so much character and history to it.

Barrys tree table 1

Barry painted the stainless steel legs and I love the natural-meets-industrial look it gives this piece.

Truly an heirloom.

Barrys tree table 8

Spring wishlist: to find a fallen tree and take a shot at creating something like this.

Stunning – and thank you Barry for letting me share it here!

Before and after: tree trunk turned coffee table


Have a great one!


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2016-07-04T11:39:36-04:00February 17th, 2015|BUILD IT, DECOR, REPURPOSE|4 Comments


  1. pmm February 20, 2015 at 10:54 am - Reply

    That is the most beautiful table I have seen in ages. Well done, Barry. I’ve been a huge fan of tung oil for years and I’m glad to see more people using it. To me, using poly top coats is like leaving the plastic covers on your upholstered furniture. Thanks for showcasing Barry’s work.

    • Shelly @ February 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm - Reply

      I will pass your message along to him – I agree, he has a lot to be proud of! Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  2. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking February 20, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Wow this is amazing! The table is so unique and pretty. and your neighbor did an awesome job on it.

    • Shelly @ February 21, 2015 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      I wish the camera could capture what it REALLY looks like. So rich and detailed, and the finish is glass-smooth. I will pass along your compliment to Barry – and thank you for taking the time to comment!

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