Have you seen 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. And, the best part of this table is it is so easy to build a DIY live edge coffee table!
live edge coffee table
I love the look of a live edge coffee table, but the sticker shock shut down that idea. My husband suggested we make it ourselves. And, so we did and it turned out to be a low effort DIY project. How is this possible? How do you get that chunky edge?
It’s all about locally sourcing the wood slab. Yes, you can find a raw edge wood slab, planed and sanded. 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 hardwoods salvaged from Denver and surrounding areas. It’s nice to shop locally and not buy an engineered slab It’s like a little piece of Colorado history in our family room.
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.
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!