My friend Mikey needed a coffee table for his new loft and asked me if I would be interested in making him a live edge coffee table. He loved the look but not the price tag attached to most live edge tables. The ones he was looking at were over 700 bucks. I knew I could do it for much much less, so I said sure!
First stop was Bohnhoff Lumber in Vernon. It’s kind of in the middle of nowhere but they are so nice there and have great prices. There is also a giant cat named Chief who runs the place. Mikey went with me to select the slab of walnut I would use to make the table.
The walnut was very reasonably priced, I think it was 18.50/bdft. The slab was $140 with tax.
Next step was taking it to class to cut it and sand it. Here is the before photo:
I was thrilled to see what was underneath, and I knew this table was going to be beautiful!
I wanted that darker color on the sides to stand out more and was running out of time, so I took a chance and ran the slab through the planer a few times. It looked even better!
Now it was time to seal the table, I used 3 coats of Polyurethane, sanding lightly between each coat. I used a small paintbrush to make sure I got every single nook and cranny.
Mikey bought 4 hairpin legs at hairpinlegs.com for $100 bucks including shipping. You can find them a bit cheaper on eBay or at flea markets, but Mikey wanted them ASAP so he chose to get them made.
Here’s the final result. Looks great and was done for less than $300 dollars!
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