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Craft Log Stool Side Tables for Outdoors

Craft Log Stool Side Tables for Outdoors

Turning a Simple Log into Stylish Outdoor Decor

I’ll never forget the day I stumbled upon the perfect log for my living room. It was just sitting there in our backyard, a rustic treasure waiting to be transformed. And that’s exactly what I set out to do – to craft a one-of-a-kind log stool side table that would add a cozy, natural touch to our outdoor space.

As a lover of all things DIY and home decor, I was thrilled to take on this project. With a little elbow grease and a lot of creativity, I knew I could turn this humble log into a stunning piece of functional art. And let me tell you, the process was both challenging and immensely rewarding.

Sourcing the Perfect Log

The first step, of course, was finding the right log. Now, you might be wondering, “How hard can that be? It’s just a log!” But let me tell you, finding the perfect one is no easy feat. You want a log that’s sturdy, has a flat top and bottom, and is the right size for your intended use.

Luckily, I had a secret weapon up my sleeve – the tips I found on The Wicker House. They recommended looking for a log with a clean, even cut, which would help it sit evenly and prevent any rocking.

After scouring the wood piles of my local firewood suppliers, I finally found the one – a thick, solid log with a perfectly flat top and bottom. It was love at first sight, and I couldn’t wait to get started on my project.

Removing the Bark and Smoothing the Surface

With my log in hand, the next step was to remove the bark. Now, I’m not going to lie, this part was a bit of a workout. But with a little elbow grease and the help of a large flathead screwdriver and a hammer, I was able to peel off the layers of bark, revealing the beautiful, raw wood underneath.

As The Wicker House suggested, I then used a small hand-held electric sander to smooth out the surface of the log. If you don’t have a sander, no worries – a good old-fashioned sheet of sandpaper will do the trick, just be prepared to put in a little more effort.

As I worked, I couldn’t help but admire the natural grain and texture of the wood. It was like a work of art in its own right, and I knew I wanted to showcase that beauty in my final piece.

Drying the Wood

One evening, as I was working on my project outdoors, the skies opened up and my log got drenched. I’ll admit, I panicked a little, worried that all my hard work would be for naught. But then I remembered the sage advice from The Wicker House – a heat gun could dry the wood in no time.

I fired up my trusty Timber Building heat gun, and sure enough, the log was dry and ready to go in just a matter of minutes. Talk about a lifesaver! I was so relieved to see my project back on track.

Designing the Perfect Log Stool

With the log prepped and ready, it was time to get creative. I knew I wanted to do something a little more special than just a plain old log side table, so I decided to go for a bit of a rustic-chic vibe.

Using a pencil, I sketched out a design that included a series of trees all around the log. As The Wicker House had mentioned, trees are a fairly simple design to draw, even for someone like me who isn’t much of an artist.

Next, I fired up my Timber Building MakerX Wood Crafter tool and carefully traced over my pencil lines, burning the design into the wood. I also added a crescent moon and some birds to really give the piece a cozy, nature-inspired feel.

As I worked, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. This log was really starting to come alive, and I couldn’t wait to see the final product.

Protecting and Finishing the Log Stool

With the design complete, it was time to tackle the last step – protecting the log from scratching my hardwood floors and potentially staining them with any spills.

Taking a cue from The Wicker House, I simply stuck some felt furniture pad stickers to the bottom of the log. Problem solved!

Now, as for sealing the top, I’m still on the fence. While a Polyurethane sealer would add an extra layer of protection, The Wicker House mentioned that it can sometimes change the color of the wood, and I’m quite fond of the raw, natural look of my log. For now, I’m leaving it as-is, but I may revisit the sealer idea down the line.

A Multifunctional Masterpiece

As I placed my freshly crafted log stool side table next to a cozy chair in our living room, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of pure joy. It was the perfect blend of rustic charm and modern style, and it added such a warm, inviting touch to the space.

But the best part? As my son pointed out, this log side table could also double as a stool in a pinch. Sure, it might not be the most comfortable seat, but it’s a fun and unexpected way to add a little extra seating to our outdoor living area.

I love how versatile and unique this piece is. It’s not just a side table – it’s a conversation piece, a functional accent, and a true reflection of my personal style. And the best part? I made it all with my own two hands, using nothing more than a log, a few tools, and a whole lot of creativity.

So, if you’ve got a wood pile in your backyard and a hankering for a little DIY fun, I highly recommend giving this project a try. It’s a rewarding, satisfying, and downright beautiful way to add some natural charm to your outdoor space. Who knows, you might just end up with a one-of-a-kind log stool side table that’s the envy of all your friends.

Happy crafting, my fellow DIY enthusiasts!

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