DIY Wooden Slab Coffee Table


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.

Project Materials
$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

Project Tools
Sander (Belt Sander Preferred)
$3-$15 Sandpaper 40 Grit – 220 Grit
Drill (Drill Bits up to 1′)
$12 Chisel Set
Shop Vac
Tac Cloth and/or Towels

  1. 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.


  • Sand
    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.


Bottom Side – Finished


  • Finished!!!
    I love it SO much!





All Finished!


Wood Detail – Finished!


Wood Crack Detail – Finished


Wood Detail Top – Finished


Wood Detail Corner – Finished


Coffee Table – Finished!

About cedarbranch

Welcome to Cedar Branch! Written By: Randa Smith. Randa loves Jesus, hubby: Barat, kids: Shiloh and Silas, decorating and repurposing. She spends the rest of her free time with her family and friends, shopping, drinking lattes and putting in as little effort as possible to stay mildly fit. Happy Reading!
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