Inspired with Stain
Yesterday, I had the chance to watch a carpenter work his magic. My father-in-law built a large and sturdy picnic table from scratch, but the big difference was that he built it using two large tree stumps as the base. So the stumps hold the braces, which have the two bench seats, and the stumps were used to secure the tops. All while not showing one single screw head. And while all of this is very impressive, my favorite part was the staining after the fact. Not only was the table top, benches and braces stained to match, but he also stained the tree stumps! What a fun and interesting use of stain. It turned out so great! Hopefully the stain on the alive, yet chopped off tree will preserve the wood for years and years. I know the table is sturdy and will last for sure, I just wonder how it will help with holding up the tree stumps and keeping away the wood eating bugs. I guess we will have to wait to see. As for the application, when I would say best practice would include wearing gloves and protecting your hands and face, but he just went ahead with nothing but his bare hands and an old cloth that he applied a nice thin layer of stain all over the whole structure. Because at this point it is not only a permanent fixture of the yard at their up north cottage, but it really a piece of art work that we were very excited to eat our fire-grilled hot dogs on, and eventually use for games, and drinking, and arts and crafts, and coloring, and all of the other fun outdoor table-y things!! : ) What a fun, fun project indeed!