Pretty, massive coffee table

Submitted by sgilly on Sat, 02/15/2014 - 08:48

I'm still helping my kids furnish their new home. They "hired" me to build them a massive coffee table for their family room. They fell in love with the legs featured in a plan built by Shanty 2 Chic (http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2013/11/diy-square-coffee-table.html). The legs definitely were the most expensive part of this table!
I made a couple of adjustments: because these kids of mine hope to have kids of their own soon, and the table measures 48x48, I reinforced the lower shelf of the table and the table top with support pieces. I picture babies crawling all over this and wanted to ensure that it would hold up!

I finished with the same steps used by Jen of House of Wood's rustic yet refined finish, but used a dark walnut stain as the base.

Another fun project for me, and they are very happy with it!

And, I just have to say that Osborne Wood products delivers a wonderful product with great follow up and customer service! http://www.osbornewood.com/

Built from Plan(s)
Estimated Cost
$250 for table - the Legs accounted for $160 of that.
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
Fir 2x material, legs are pine, 3/4" pine plywood (I'd select birch ply next time; the pine was too thin and it was easy to sand the top layer right off)
Finish Used
Wood conditioner (2 coats), sand, Minwax Dark walnut, Minwax weathered Oak, sand, rubbed on whitewash (old, diluted white paint), sand, mixture of weathered oak and a little dark walnut, sand, 3 coats of polyurethane, satin finish, sanding between coats.
Recommended Skill Level
Intermediate