Live Edge Wood Slab Furniture

Published

Introduction: Live Edge Wood Slab Furniture

About: Check out my website, CKWoodworking.com make all kinds of woodworking and furniture making projects, more coming soon!

Make live edge wood slab furniture! These pieces are easy and fun to make, and sell for a ton of money (if that's what you want to do with it)

Step 1: Find the Wood

I visit various wood shops and local sawmills to find my wood slabs. If you can find a slab that is kiln-dried, that is perfect. Otherwise, let the slab air-dry in a warm dry place for a few months before working with it. WARNING: Undried wood will bend and crack as it dries, so make sure your piece is dry before working with it

Step 2: Cut and Sand

Cut the wood to the dimensions you'd like it to be.

Sand the wood, starting with a rough grit (60 or 80) and then sand with progressively finer grits until you have a mirror smooth feel. (I use 60, then 120, then 220, then 400, then steel wool or a polishing fiber cloth like mirlon)

If you have cracks in the wood that are unsightly, make butterfly ties (YouTube this process, it's pretty simple)

Step 3: Finish

After getting that wood baby smooth, put on a stain of your choice or leave it bare. Up to you.

Once the stain is dry, brush on a coat of finish. I use simple fast-drying polyurethane from Home Depot.

Let the finish dry completely. Repeat: COMPLETELY. Sand the table again with a fine grit (220) then a finer grit (400) and add another layer of finish.
Repeat this process until you have the desired result, a nice smooth protected look.

Step 4: Legs

Choose the legs for your table and attach. I often use pipe metal legs that I piece together from plumbing pipe, or I'll order hairpin legs from the Internet.

Share

    Recommendations

    • Oil Contest

      Oil Contest
    • Creative Misuse Contest

      Creative Misuse Contest
    • Water Contest

      Water Contest

    Discussions