New coffee table for the LR

Submitted by ewhitten on Mon, 08/12/2013 - 06:59

While my wife was away for the weekend, the boys (3 year old twins) decided to surprise her with a new coffee table! We had to get rid of the old IKEA one due to its sharp edges... we've already had one ER visit and nine stitches!

A few notes/things I learned:

* Pay attention to which side of the wood you leave facing out. A lot of my boards had one smoother side and I accidentally put those face-down. Meant a lot more sanding.
* A belt sander would have made this a lot easier.
* I took care to round all the exposed outer edges with the sander. A router would have been better for this, as it took a lot of care to make sure they were even.
* It's going to get about three coats of polyurethane now, but I still would recommend coasters.

This thing is HEAVY. It will probably outlast me. :)

Estimated Cost
50
Estimated Time Investment
Day Project (6-9 Hours)
Type of Wood
Pine and Fir
Finish Used
Skipped the wood conditioner and used Rustoleum Ultimate Wood Stain - Kona (black/brown)
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner