Several months ago I made a video featuring a live edge book matched office desk that I made out of two crotch sections of a white oak tree. That project turned out really nice and I use that desk every day. If you’d like to check it out, click here. I had one slab of wood leftover from that project that I wanted to do something with, so I made a coffee table out of it for some friends. What follows is an overview of the build to hopefully inspire you to build something similar yourself.
The slab of wood for this project was already starting to crack down the middle right after I cut it, so I had to immediately use some wood glue and wood filler to hold it together while it dried out, which thankfully worked and prevented any further cracking.
Due to the size of this slab of wood, I wasn’t able to get a nice perfect, level cut with my chainsaw mill, so the first step was to level out the slab, which I did with my DeWalt power planer and my routing sled. By the way, I made a past video about how to build and use a router sled for such projects, which you can check out here.
After getting the slab leveled out, I trimmed off a little bark and dead wood around the edges and then started sanding it, working my way down from 60 to 220 grit sandpaper.
Next, it was time to fill all the remaining cracks in the wood, so I first put a layer of masking tape over the big cracks on what was to be the underside of the table, and then filled in the cracks from the top with wood filler.
After the wood filler was good and dry, I sanded the whole slab down again in preparation for finishing it. For the underside of the table, I painted the whole thing flat black with several coats of paint to give the wood a good seal.
Next, I cut out some table leg risers and attached them to the slab, as I wanted this piece to be 16 inches tall, and it was a little short still.
After attaching the risers, I painted them black, and then later attached the legs.
I gave the top of the table one final sanding with 220 grit paper, and then applied the stain, which for this project was Minwax Special Walnut.
After the stain was good and dry, I wiped the whole thing down with a lint-free cloth and gave it several coats of satin polyurethane to give the table more of a flat finish instead of the super high gloss of epoxy resin, which I’ve used on a lot of my past projects.
And here’s the finished product, ready for action.
To see more of this project, watch the video below…