If you have a tree that you need to cut down or a tree stump that remains from a fallen tree, you can turn the remaining stump into the base of an outdoor table. In this project the tree was growing in a patio area; the DIY team cut the tree down but kept the stump, turning it into a functional table base for a two-tiered patio table.
After the tree has been cut down, leave enough of the trunk to the desired height for the table. Make the cut as flat and level as possible. Our tree had a low-growing branch, so we are easily able to make a two-tiered table. Depending on the thickness of the stump, you can cut the stump at two different levels to create your two-tiered table.
We used two 24-inch pre-cut, pine rounds for the larger part of the table. These are available at home improvement stores and some craft stores. If you want a natural look and don't plan on painting the table, you should use cedar, teak or redwood for the tabletops.
Our two tabletop rounds are positioned so that they slightly overlap each other. The tree stump and a smaller limb are utilized to support one top; the other is connected directly to the other top.
Use a high-quality primer for the tops before painting with a finish coat. Because the table will be outdoors, multiple coats of paint may be needed for good coverage. Use an exterior, semi-gloss paint made for wood to paint the tabletops. Let the paint dry completely before proceeding.
Drill pilot holes and use large galvanized wood screws to attach the tabletops to the stump. Use shims or wood wedges as needed to level the tops; make sure to drive screws through the tops and the shims or wedges to keep them in place.
Use the chainsaw to cut horizontal notches in the sides of the trunk to hold smaller pine rounds to create additional levels. The cuts need to be deep and narrow to hold the rounds tightly into place. To secure, you can drive screws at an angle through the stump and rounds.