Introduction: Do It Yourself Wood End Table

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How to make your own wood end table using a live edge slab.

Step 1: Gather Supplies & Materials

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Tools

  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Wire brush
  • 60, 100, & 220 grit sandpaper
  • (Electric) palm sander
  • Rug / towel
  • Air compressor
  • Protective goggles
  • Dust mask
  • Tack cloth
  • Fine grit foam sanding pad
  • Sawhorses
  • Paint stick
  • HVLP spray gun

Materials

Step 2: Remove Bark From Wood Slab

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Lay your wood slab on top of a rug or towel. Using a flat head screwdriver, carefully pry the bark off. Be careful not to dent the top part of the slab in the process.

Step 3: Brush Edges Clean

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Using a wire brush, remove any remaining dirt or dust leftover from the screwdriver task.

Step 4: Sand Your Wood Slab

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Using a (preferably electric) sander, sand the top and bottom side of the wood slab. Start with 60 grit, then 100, and end with 220. Whether you choose to go all the way down to 220 on the underneath side of the slab is up to you, seeing as the bottom will mostly go unseen. Once the top and bottom are smooth, do the sides and round the edges. Finally, sand in between any cracks or splits in the wood large enough to fit your sandpaper in.

When you're done, blow away any dirt or dust with an air compressor!

Step 5: Apply Finish

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Gently place your now smooth and clean wood slab on the sawhorses, top side down. Stir the satin lacquer with a paint stick until it has an even consistency with no clumps. Run some tack cloth over the bottom side of the slab. Spray the bottom, let it dry for for 15 minutes, flip it over, then repeat the process again for the top. Let dry for half an hour, then apply a second coat to both sides.

When the protective coat is finished, lightly sand the entire slab with your fine grit foam sanding pad. Clear any remaining dust with an air compressor.

Step 6: Attach the Legs

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Lay the top side down on a clean towel or rug, being careful not to scratch the finish.

Attach your legs!

Step 7: Admire Your Finished Product

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Look at you! You did it!

Comments

amberrayh (author)2015-03-12

That's a beautiful piece of wood!

Thank you!

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