This instructable will teach you how to make a end-grain redwood coffee table with steel legs. The steps provided will be applicable for re-creating the above table, but can also serve as a template to let you customize and make your own design.
Step 1: Buying & Cutting the Wood
At my local hardware store they sell lots of wood beams. These beams come in many different sizes and wood-types. When selecting a wood to purchase - I took a look at the color of the wood as well as how the end-grains looked. I found a redwood that I thought was particular beautiful and came in beams that were sized: 1"1/2 x 5"1/2 x 108". I bought several beams and cut them into 3 inch blocks. Each brick or "block" was 3" x 1"1/2 x 5"1/2. I cut about 250 of these from the beams I purchased.
Step 2: Gluing the Wood
I placed the wood bricks on my floor to figure out how big I wanted the surface to be in relation to my sofa. Once decided I began gluing bricks together by clamping them with wood clamps and ribbon cables. It was a slow tedious process to glue each brick together. Since I only own about 8 wood clamps and one ribbon cable - I glued 3-5 bricks together every day. Waiting one day between each new gluing session. I started gluing from the center and moved outward (in a diamond formation), to ensure each wood piece could be as close together as possible. Gluing rows wouldn't work since they not be perfectly flat and thus would cause larger gaps in the tables surface. The brand of glue I used was Titebond III - Ultimate Wood Glue.