{DIY} Tree Stump Drawers

So you’re just a tad curious how those tree stump drawers were made?
Well you’re in luck, because I’m going to show you!

However, first a disclaimer.  :)
I didn’t make this, my Dad did, so I’ll be walking through it on a finished piece, not one in progress. Plus, I can give you a pretty close idea of how it was done, but I might not tell you the exact size of drill bit and saw blade etc.
However, if you’re feeling up to giving something like this a try, I’m going to bet you know your way around power tools enough to make a good guess at what’s going to work for you!

To make this you will need:

A aesthetically pleasing tree stump
(mine is 17″ tall & about 7″ in diameter for reference)
Drill & itty-bitty drill bit
Band Saw (or possibly a Scroll Saw, depending on the size of your stump)
Wood Glue
Clamps

step1

To start, decide which side is the front.
Then, cut off the back portion, the full length of the stump

step2_3

Next, decide how many, how big and where you would like your drawers. With a pencil, draw yourself guidelines (that you will cut in just a moment)

Once you’ve figured out the placement of all the drawers, using as small of a drill bit as you can that will still allow a saw blade to be inserted, drill a hole into the bottom center of each drawer.

Then, using a Band or Skill saw, insert the saw blade into the drill hole, re-attach the blade to the saw and carefully cut out each drawer, using your pencil marks as your guide.

step4

In the case of my set of drawers, you will now have 4 squares of wood.

Now, on each block, cut off the front portion and the back portion of each “drawer”.

step5

You now need to hollow out your drawer.
To do this, draw a “U” shaped guideline, leaving enough width so that the drawer isn’t weak, and then cut out the center, by following the guideline with your band/skill saw.

step6

Glue everything back together!
Put the fronts & backs back on your hollowed out “drawer”.
Glue the back of the stump back onto the front of the stump.
Carefully, clamp everything in place, using rags & wood blocks, so as not to damage any of the surfaces.

If the drawers don’t happen to have little twigs sticking out of their fronts, (only one of mine did to begin with) you can find other twigs, drill holes in the drawer fronts and glue the twigs in place to serve as knobs. 

Once completely dry, your finished.

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Sneaky, and quite beautiful!

(if anyone tries this, you HAVE to send me pictures!!!)

xoxo Lori Danelle

11 Responses to {DIY} Tree Stump Drawers

  1. { Nina Designs } at #

    It looks quite difficult!! but it's amazing!

  2. RW at #

    So what saw did your dad use to cut the drawer blocks out of the stump? What is the distance from the front to the back (in other words, how long does the blade need to be?) Looks pretty cool. Where did you put it and what is it used for?

  3. LaRee at #

    That is so awesome! I love it! someday I’m going to be brave enough to run a saw :)

  4. beckyjeffress at #

    This is fantastic!!! Love it and could see it in many places. Your Dad did a fabulous job for you, lucky you!

  5. this would have to be the best thing I’ve seen in awhile.

    I actually love stump furniture… tables…. stools… etc… and this takes it to a whole new level

  6. Felicia at #

    I love this idea. I am remolding my house and saw this. My only question would have to be how would you treat it. Do you stain it so that it will not rot, do you spray. This just seems like a great Christmas gift also.

    • Lori at #

      Since the wood used here was cedar, there’s no need to treat it. Cedar naturally repels bugs & won’t rot — especially since I keep it inside.

      • Kelly Craig at #

        Treating it is a matter of taste and not about rot and bugs. If those are problems with your household furniture, you have bigger problems. ;)

        Applying a finish can keep the wood from further drying, which causes splits and cracks. For some, those may be desirable, for others, they want to keep it as it is.

        Keep in mind, if the wood you are using is weathered, slathering on a finish will completely change it. It will go from silver or gray to blonds, golds and reds.

        I like finishing both the inside and out of furniture and things, since moisture can be gained and lost from any of them.

  7. Sheri at #

    First of all….How cool of a Dad do you have!!!! So many aspects of cool!!!

    I consider myself to be someone who is able to take, sometimes the most simplest of things and let it become what it knew it could be. (Sounds funny doesn’t it?) But for some reason you brought this BIG log home from a camping trip, and your dad took it, without changing it’s appearance and made something even more beautiful out of it. Amazing memories, the beauty of nature, and a real “keeper” of a dad!!

    Bored with most of the DIY’s people post.

    This one….surprised me.
    The BEST.

    will send photos when I’m done.

  8. Lena at #

    This seems like an amazing gift for the man in ur life. Would even make a really nice toolbox!

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