This project has been super fun and way more time and energy than expected. I had to get a little scrappy and creative to finish but it all looks great now!
Check out my process and see if you want to try it yourself.
MY COST: $75 (Hairpin Legs, Sandpaper, Chisel Set)
I had everything else on hand or borrowed.
$0 Wooden Slab – I asked the tree cutters to leave this stump for me instead of loading it
$50 Set of 4 Coffee Table Legs Hairpin Legs
$0- $5 Screws
Sander (Belt Sander Preferred)
$3-$15 Sandpaper 40 Grit – 220 Grit
Drill (Drill Bits up to 1′)
$12 Chisel Set
Tac Cloth and/or Towels
- Prep Wood
Pull bark off wood. My wood was cut with a chain saw so it was pretty rough. If you have the opportunity, get your slab of wood professionally sliced/smoothed before you go to work on it.
Choose your sander… or use many. I tried all these sanders and they all served a purpose on this project but 4 sanders is not necessary. Use what you have or what you can borrow.
Here’s what I did:
– Belt Sander on Top (40-60 Grit)
– Belt Sander on Bottom (40-60 Grit) Just to remove rough/unsafe wood
– Continue with Belt Sander on Top (80-120 Grit)
– Detail Sander on Edges/Corners (100 – 150 Grit)
– Sheet Sander on Top/Edges (150 Grit)
– Detail Sander on Edges/Corners (220 Grit)
– Orbital Sander on Top/Edges (220 Grit)
- Leg Failure
Trial and Error
My wood was crooked so I need to even out the legs. I tried using pieces of wood to even it out but I realized they would be visible when the table was done.
I quickly scrapped the idea and decided to inset the legs to even the table out.
- Leg Success!…. Just Don’t Look Underneath
( I’m not a “Craftswoman” people)
The perfectionist in me doesn’t want you to see this but it needs to be shown. It wasn’t pretty but I got it done and so can you!
I tapped into my creative side and used a 3/4″ and 1″ drill bit to drill to the depth necessary. Then I chiseled out the remaining wood. It’s not attractive but its done.
I love it SO much!