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05-03-2009 04:03 AM

I’ve got a tree stump that i want to turn into a flower pot. I need to know what i need to get to coat it, to preserve it, and make it shiny. I don’t know what kind of wood it is.

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#1 posted 05-03-2009 04:49 AM

might get a better response if you can post a picture.. not having that, your local hardware will have oil or water based poly.. clean and sand it, then poly (either).. light sand again 300 grit, add coats untill you like what you see,,
i would try wipe on poly.. no runs or bubbles.. very forgiving

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#2 posted 05-03-2009 05:14 AM

That’s tough without knowing the wood or size

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#3 posted 05-03-2009 05:21 AM

What part of the world and what species of wood? Here in the Pacific Northwest we see a lot of people getting their fir stumps chainsaw carved, but they don’t last too long, a few years. The cedar stumps last forever if taken care of.

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#4 posted 05-03-2009 02:47 PM

Even without knowing the wood, your best bet is to have someone carve out the center of the stump, and use a large pot instead of putting soil/water directly into the hole. The stump will eventually rot in the center from watering the plant, but this will make it last longer.

There aren’t really varnish type finishes that will last long outside, and since the stump probably contains a fair amount of moisture that will exit thru the sides of the trunk in time, the best bet is to use a spar varnish (available at any place that carries varnish.) Just know that you’ll probably have to re-coat it every year or so.

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#5 posted 05-05-2009 03:58 AM

I’m going to try and find out what type wood it is. I don’t want to sand it @ all, i want to use the stuff that iv’e seen used when wood is cut into round pieces with the bark left on the edges. They coat it with something to make it shiny and kinda petrified(i’m assuming to preserve it). Their usually decorated with some form of picture or something. I’ts hard to explain. I did see on another site that someone used epoxy resin. I will try to get a pic on here to see if that will help. Thanks everybody for the replies.

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 04:59 AM


I had some huge barnwood boards (4”x16”x12’) that I wanted to use for rustic furniture. I found a polyurethane product that remains liquid until you mix in a catalyst. Once you mix in the catalyst you have about 15 minutes to paint it on. It firms up very fast and basically encases the wood if you put on several layers. I’m at work right now so will have to get home to look at the can so I can get you the name. It looks like what you are describing. The only thing that keeps popping up in my mind is that this stump has lots of water in it and can import more directly from the ground. I don’t know what the effects of long term water will have.
The finish is what you were describing though, with a glassy sheen, almost like a bar top. I’ll snap a photo of the hallway table I made with the wood and post it in the near future and get you the name of the product.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#7 posted 05-07-2009 12:25 AM

The stuff I have is Aristocrat Casting Resin. Each container has the little bottle of catalyst taped to it when it arrives. Aristocrat is the brand name.
I ordered it via internet and don’t have the invoice anymore so I don’t have the company name. I’d bet if you searched Yahoo or similar search engine you would be able to find a distributor. Best of luck!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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