DIY wooden coat rack from a branch You end up with more professional and consistent results. The simplest shape for a novice is a rectangular or square one. Obviously, you've to remember to consider exactly what sort you're acquiring.
We've admired tree-stump stools with painted tops before (see DIY: Garden Stools); we also like these side tables made from felled logs, with exteriors painted glossy white. Designer Marie-Laure Helmkampf came up with the idea for a project in Provence.