This is a project you could do in a weekend from start to finish – with most of the time being dry time for the polyurethane!
Materials for Building a Live Edge Coffee Table:
- Slab of Live Edge Wood
- Mouse Sander or Orbital Sander
- Sandpaper in varying grits (60, 120, 220, 320)
- Sponge Brush
- Hairpin Legs + Hardware
- Power Drill
What is live edge wood?
How to Build a Live Edge Wood Slab Coffee Table:
Cut your table to the proper size
Sand the top and bottom of your table
Sand the top and bottom of your table with a mouse sander, orbital sander, or just sandpaper and a block. Start with the lowest-grade number like 60 grit to sand out any really rough parts of the wood. Slowly work your way up to higher and higher grits for a finer finish. Remove any excess dust with a damp cloth.
Coat your table with polyurethane
Sand between coats of polyurethane
Using a very fine (like 500 grit) sandpaper, lightly sand between your first coat of polyurethane. Once complete, make sure you carefully wipe away any excess dust before adding your next coat.
Add between 2-3 coats of polyurethane, lightly sanding between each coat until you get your desired finish. Let polyurethane dry overnight.