Have you see those edgy coffee tables in catalogs this season? I used to call it a chunky edge, but apparently it’s referred to as a live edge table.
live edge coffee table
I love the look of a live edge but the sticker shock shut down that idea. My husband suggested we (he) make it ourselves (himself). And, so we did and it turned out to be a easy DIY project. Here’s our secret; the wood slabs are pre-planed and sanded before we bring it home. And no one needs to know except us.
We found our Russian Olive “species” at a place in Denver appropriately named Denver’s Wood Slabs. Most of the wood slabs sold at Denver’s Wood Slabs are domestic hard woods salvaged from Denver and surrounding areas.
Russian Olive Live Edge
Our job was to find the perfect stain and meticulously apply layer after layer of stain. My husband shared a little tip for staining wood; always start with a pre-stain wood conditioner. I purchased the smallest can of wood conditioner here and also found it at Home Depot.
I can’t believe I just discovered this product. Wood conditioner goes on like butter and allows the stain to soak into the wood with a smooth finish. I love this stuff!
Together, over the course of several nights, we applied about five coats of stain. We completed a light sanding between coats and patiently waited 24 hours to apply the next coat of stain.
I finished the coffee table with two coats of a water-based clear coat. It took about a week from start to finish to stain and seal the table.
The live edge coffee table holds up well I would say.
We purchased the coffee table legs on Etsy. Leave a comment if you want the name and I will look in my purchase history.
Absolutely in love with this live edge coffee table! It would be fun to run down there and see if I can take a few scraps for future fun projects! Anyone want to join me?
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