Make A Rustic End Table To Place In Your Fishing Cabin

If you would like to make a rustic end table that is constructed from a log to place in your fishing cabin to replace an old patio table, the following steps will teach you how to clean, sand, and stain the log. Once finished, apply a clear coat of varnish to the table's surface before placing the table inside of your cabin and using it to hold beverages, books, or other small odds and ends.


  • measuring tape
  • log
  • water hose
  • bucket
  • detergent
  • scrub brush
  • safety goggles
  • sanding tables
  • power sander
  • hand sander
  • sandpaper
  • lint-free cloth
  • workbench
  • wood stain
  • wooden mixing stick
  • paintbrush
  • rag
  • clear varnish

Clean And Sand A Log

Measure the height of the table that is currently in your fishing cabin. Visit a lumber yard to purchase a log that is about the same height as the table that is being replaced. Ask a staff person at the lumber shop to cut the log so that the top and bottom of it are even. Bring the log home and use a water hose to rinse dirt from the log's surface.

If there are stains on portions of the log, use soapy water and a standard scrub brush to treat them. Rinse the log off with water and wait for it to dry. Lift the log up and place it on a sanding table. Cover your eyes with a pair of safety goggles. Move a power sander or hand sander over rough portions of the wood. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe off the log's exterior.

Use A Paintbrush Or Rag To Apply Stain And Clear Varnish

Cover a workbench with a drop cloth and place the log on top of the cloth. Select a color of wood stain that will enhance the beauty of the log and that will blend in with other furnishings inside of the fishing cabin. After stirring stain for a minute or two, use a paintbrush or old rag to apply a coat of stain to the log's exterior. Move the brush or rag with the wood's grain.

If you would like the wood to have a rich, bold color, add a second coat of stain once the first coat has dried. Use a clean brush or rag to apply clear varnish over the stained surface. The varnish will provide the table with a glossy appearance and will preserve the color of the stain. Place the rustic table inside of your fishing cabin once the varnish has dried.