I enjoyed this tutorial on turning a tree stump into a side table. Karen from The Art Of Doing Stuff took an ordinary stump:
and turned it into this kick-ass table:
In this very thorough tutorial, she goes over how to remove the tree bark with a hammer and crowbar, sand the wood down, attach the legs, and stain the table.
The result, much like this birch tree log table, is stylish for not much money. Which, as we know, is my favorite kind of style. [Design Sponge]