Red Oak Top - Coffee Table

Submitted by cent on Thu, 07/16/2015 - 14:29

Built this from Ana's plans over a weekend and spent a few nights painting/staining/finishing. We decided to use a true quarter sawn red oak for the top. This is not a cheap wood (~$180) for the top alone, but I wanted it to be solid and thick. It is extremely hard so you will not want to use this if you don't have the necessary tools, like a table saw. It is usually purchased rough cut, which means the width can range in size by inches. You will need the table saw with a sharp blade in order to cut it down to matching widths. For the stain we used a General Finishers gel stain in Java from Woodcraft. That was followed with a General Finishers Gel topcoat. This is an excellent topcoat as we have 0 scratches in almost 6 months of regular use. My wife painted the base in a Cream Puff color from Behr I believe with a dark stain glaze, followed by a wax coat. This is a solid table that cost a fraction of what this would be in the stores. Most of our friends think we bought it! Thanks Ana! 

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine base, Red Oak top
Finish Used
General Finishers Java for top with General Finisher Gel topcoat finish. Cream Puff by Behr with stain glaze and wax on base.
Recommended Skill Level



Mon, 09/14/2015 - 09:02

Bautiful work!! The colors you picked are great! This has gone on my list of projects, it actually cut line hahahaha I have two questions, where did you get the sofa and the area rug? That rug is perfect for my bedroom! The colors are just perfect!

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