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Little Cement Low Table or Plant Stand with Chunky Legs

Every now and then I have a project that just doesn’t work out, at least not in time for the next time I want to post. This happened right before a recent Christmas-time trip to visit my sister and her family. In fact, two projects didn’t work well enough to put out there on the web. That left me in a bit of a bind, being away from home and not able to work on another project. Well the good news is, the break at Christmas gave me a chance to get a project gallery onto my blog, something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Check it out in the menu bar above.  Another thing I had time for during the break is starting a new community Pinterest board–Concrete and Cement Furniture/Decor/Garden Community Board.  I started it because I wanted a place for concrete/cement enthusiasts to have a place to gather and post.  Check it out and follow the board if you like it.  If you want to join as a contributor, type “ADD ME” on this pin https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500603314815473738/ (shown below).

DIY Furniture Studio Concrete and Cement Furniture/Decor/Garden Community Board.

I’ll then send you an invite to the board, and after you accept the invite you can add pins to the board.  You know who you are, and you need to join!

During the Christmas trip, I spent considerable time with paper and a pencil on airplanes.  I now have many furniture and decor ideas that need developing, and the procedures and details ferreted out–which for me usually takes some time and trial and error.  Okay, to make a long story short, I still needed a project to put up on the blog in the short term, so I wandered around the house looking at what I had and came up with an idea.  I call it a little cement low table with chunky legs, aka a cement plant stand with chunky legs.

DIY Cement Low Table or Plant Stand with Chunky Legs.

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Easy Cement Side Table with Removable Legs

For all of you concrete/cement enthusiasts, check out the DIY Furniture Studio Concrete and Cement Furniture/Decor/Garden Community Board on Pinterest. If you want to join as a contributor comment “ADD ME” on this pin: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/500603314815473738/ or email me at jen@diyfurniturestudio.com.

DIY cement side table. Tutorial. Easy.

Here is a unique, colored cement side table that can be made in a few hours and has removable legs so you can switch leg styles with ease.


DIY furniture. Make your own cement side table. This one has removable legs and is tinted with latex paint. Tutorial. Easy.

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Tree Stump Side Table with Mix and Match DIY Leg Options

 

DIY live edge side table with three DIY furniture leg options.
DIY live edge side table with three DIY furniture leg options.
DIY live edge side table with three DIY furniture leg options.

The wood for stump tables is affordable (usually free!).  In this post I’ll show you some low-cost, easy-to-make DIY furniture leg options for your stump table.  Of course, the legs can be used in other furniture projects, too!


I don’t have that much carpentry experience, and I’ll tell you a secret–I’m not sure I want too much.  What I mean is, if a furniture piece involves a compound miter saw and a table saw, lots of angled cuts, a long cut list (or any cut list), a pneumatic nailer, or generally something complex, it probably isn’t the project for me.  I admire fellow bloggers who can whip out a big farmhouse table or something similar.  But for many types of furniture builds, I like looking but not doing.  Are any of you in this situation?
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Live Edge Tree Slice Side Table with Legs made of Lamp Pipe

 

DIY Live edge tree slice side table with standalone legs made of lamp pipe, brass flanges, and brass ball feet.

This live-edge tree slice table is made from a horizontal cut of the trunk of a mulberry tree.  I made the legs, my new version of DIY industrial pipe legs, from steel lamp pipe and brass fittings.


DIY tree stump table mulberry wood grain on table top
DIY industrial pipe legs made of lamp pipe and brass flanges with brass ball feet
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As I mentioned in the “About” section, I originally became interested in making furniture in order to furnish our three-season sunroom. I intended to rehabilitate the sunroom from being a storage area, and before that when the kids were little, a playroom.  (I say “intended” because the sunroom is now my workshop studio.)  I was looking for furniture that I could make, having limited skills, tools, and budget.  The first type of furniture that caught my eye was the live-edge style.  “Live edge” refers to furniture where the natural edge of the wood is incorporated into the design of the piece.  It was popularized by George Nakashima in the middle of the last century.  Live-edge furniture can be deceptively complex, with emphasis on craftsmanship, sanding, and finishing.  Because of the limitations I mentioned, I am making simple live-edge tables made of a “slice” of the tree, with legs.  It is an uncomplicated style, rustic and elegant all rolled together!

The Live Edge Side Table project has six main parts:

  • Finding, Choosing, and Drying Wood
  • Removing Bark
  • Optional: Leveling Tree Slice with Router
  • Sanding and Finishing
  • Making the Lamp Pipe Legs
  • Attaching the Legs to the Tree Slice

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Retro Style Side Table with Legs Made of Wood Shims

Retro style round side table with wood shim tapered legs.

This side table has a mid-century flair with tapered legs that are made out of ordinary cedar wood shims.  I paired the shim legs with a table top made of thin hardboard and a round glass topper.


DIY tapered legs made of wood shims.
retro style round side table with vase of orange flowers

This project has three main parts:

  • Making the wood shim legs
  • Making the table top
  • Assembling the top and legs

Making the Wood Shim Legs

Tools/Supplies: 16″ cedar wood shims, wood glue, bar clamps, miter box/saw, ruler, paper, pencil, sandpaper, palm sander, polyurethane, 3″x 3″ T-braces, drill, screws, screwdriver, level

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