In the past, I have worked with logs and other pieces direct from the
tree. Scrap pieces of sliced logs, 2" to 3" thick of various
diameters, have been used to make plant stands, by simply drilling
appropriate holes (3 for the tripod effect) and inserting limbs for
legs.... Extra work involved in sanding to a smooth finish. For some
interior decor pieces, I've applied a poly finish. A slab can be
equiped with casters, also, for maneuvering heavier potted plants
(patio pieces), conveniently. Slices/slabs that haven't checked are,
of course, most desireable, as is pieces that have convoluted
(natural) edges. Pieces as these, there are no two alike.
I have used scrap lumber for cutting out shapes of fish that are used
to make sides of "wheel barrows", for flower garden accent pieces. In
some cases, I've made the wheels, also, if I didn't have a wheel
Any nice looking piece of thick board/plank, with a touch of sanding,
can have (angled) legs applied for a quaint small bench, stool, i.e.,
stand/prop, for displaying a small home decor item.