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richcharity 06-08-2010 01:13 PM

How to keep a tree stump from rotting.
 
We recently cut down a tree and removed the stump, we have cut part of the stump into a decorative shape and want to use it to put our name on at the end of our drive. How do I preserve the stump (wood) so it does not rot and fall apart?

handy man88 06-08-2010 05:12 PM

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Originally Posted by richcharity (Post 452956)
We recently cut down a tree and removed the stump, we have cut part of the stump into a decorative shape and want to use it to put our name on at the end of our drive. How do I preserve the stump (wood) so it does not rot and fall apart?

Keep it protected from water with a weather seal.

Troglodyte 06-08-2010 06:20 PM

Make sure that whatever you carved doesn't allow puddles to form anywhere on the stump and remove the bark before weather proofing. Move the stump someplace where it can dry out first because it will almost surely develop some cracks. Fill the cracks with a latex caulking and smooth it, then apply a stain or weather proofing to it, and try to use something with UV protection.


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