Introduction: Bar-table

The tools I have used:

  1. Circular saw
  2. Miter saw
  3. Handsaw
  4. Router
  5. Drill
  6. Belt sander
  7. Orbital sander
  8. Chisels
  9. Rubber mallet
  10. Wood clamps


  1. Live edge slab
  2. Fir square beams 69x69 mm
  3. Wooden dowel
  4. Steel strips
  5. Paint brush / paint roller
  6. Paint (matt black)
  7. Paint (matt clear coat)
  8. Wood glue
  9. Screws
  10. Felt

Step 1: Sketching

Step 2: Designing the Bar-table

Step 3: The Work Files

Step 4: Purchasing the Wooden Live Edge Slab

I bought this slab of Ipe wood at a local sawmill.
Ipe, also called Brazilian walnut or lapacho, is a dense and resilient wood that comes from the forests of Central and South America. Like other tropical woods, Ipe bears some unique characteristics. It's a particularly durable wood that weathers fantastically and looks beautiful.

The slab was too long for my design, so I cut off the cracked part.

Step 5: Sawing the Slab

I used an electrical circular saw to adjust the slab.

Step 6: Removing the Bark

I used several chisles and a rubber mallet to remove the bark.
I recommend to use a rubber mallet to prevent damage to your chisles, which must be sharp obviously.

Step 7: Installing the Mild Steel Bars

First I created a wooden jig to guide the router, which I used to create the slots.
I mounted the mild steel bars in the slots, to prevent the wood from cracking.

Step 8: Sanding

I used a belt sander to sand the top. I started with 80 grit and worked in steps up to 220 grit.

I used an orbital sander to sand the live edge sides, with the same grits as mentioned above.

Step 9: Sawing the Legs

Step 10: Assembling the Legs

I glued wooden dowels to cover the screws and subsequently sanded them flush with the frame.

Step 11: Painting the Legs and Constructing the Frame on Top

I had to paint the 'visible' parts three times.
So keep this in mind when you buy your paint and for your time-management!

After the paint, I added two layers of clear coat, to prevent it from damaging and to make it water resistant.

Step 12: Felt Under the Feath

Step 13: Putting on the Finish

This is a clear matt finish.

Step 14: Mounting the Slab to the Frame.

Step 15: Details