A simple bench made from tree trunks

Updated July 19, 2017

A bench made out of tree stumps and scrap wood is as simple as an individual may want to make it. The bench can be designed to be easily moved by not attaching the top of the bench to the tree stumps. If a more permanent bench is in order, then the top can be secured to the tree stumps by using long wood screws. But regardless of how the bench is created, apply a protective finish to both the tree stumps and the seat material.

Place tree stumps in the wheelbarrow and move the tree stumps to the location where the bench will be used.

Measure and mark, using powdered milk, the length of the bench.

Cut a board to the desired length of the bench using a circular saw.

Sand the surface and sides of the board along with the bark of the tree stumps. Apply a protective finish to both the tree stumps and board.

Place tree stumps on the ends of the powdered milk line and lay the bench top on top of the logs.


The top of the bench or seat material is not limited to wood but can be made from granite, marble or even concrete. A back can be added by using green twigs that are bent into a hoop shape. Once this is done, attach both ends to the back of the seat material with staples or screws. If the bench needs to be longer than 5 feet, add additional tree stumps in the middle to keep the bench seat material from bowing in the middle.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 18-inch-high tree stumps that are level on both ends
  • Wheelbarrow or garden cart
  • Measuring tape
  • Powdered milk
  • Circular saw
  • 1 1-by-12-by-60-inch board
  • 1 sheet of 240 grit sandpaper
  • Level
  • Protective finish of choice
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About the Author

Mindy McIntosh-Shetter has been writing since 2010. Her work appears on various websites and blogs. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in agriculture education with minors in biology and natural resources from Purdue University. She is pursuing a master's degree in environmental education and urban planning from the University of Louisville.