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After a storm here in Tallahassee in September 2016, we picked up a bunch of cut up logs from the neighbor across from my house. The logs have been drying all this time in Steph’s garage and are now ready for projects. We’ve already used two in a previous project.
The most interesting of the salvaged stumps was the one with a hole partially through it. We knew it would make some kind of cool project and thought a lamp would be interesting to try.
This has been a fairly long-drawn out project! Not because it’s difficult, but because the logs have to dry out before using. Steph debarked the log this past winter and here it is summer and we are just finishing. Also, we hit a bit of a roadblock when Steph got a little over ambitious with the epoxy and poured a second layer before the other was finished curing. It resulted in a sticky mess that never cured. We ended up having to use a Dremel to carve it out, then repair the top and poured a second round of epoxy.
In the second round of pouring epoxy, we covered the top of the stump with peel 'n stick wrap which worked very well. We still had some seepage but it was repairable. The press 'n seal gave the epoxy texture that we really like.
It was just by accident that we got the look that we did and we love it. The light that shines through is diffused giving the table a cave like look. This is one project we’d be happy to repeat—now we just have to find another hollow log!
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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