Walnut Slab Coffee Table

Submitted by SaraLodise on Wed, 06/03/2015 - 05:39

Finally happened upon a walnut slab to rejuvenate the top of my coffee table. I loved the wrought iron base, so I wanted to keep it, but the tabletop height needed increased to protect beverages from labrador tail attacks.

I cropped the existing wood top to serve for the base piece, sanded it down and stained it to blend in with the walnut. Four 2.75" wide walnut strips were used to create cubby spaces under the top slab for remotes, controllers, and keyboards.

The top slab was pretty rough, so it required heavy sanding to take finish evenly. I started with 80, 120, 220, and finished with 400, using mineral spirits to raise and knock down the grain. Finished with four coats of Waterlox original.

Estimated Cost
Black Walnut slab ~$299
Waterlox ~$30
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used
Four coats of Waterlox Original
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