11/09/2011

Our DIY live edge entry table


We thought that finding a console table for our entry would be easy. The problem was that we had really specific dimensions to work with. We couldn't really find anything we liked that fit our space, so we considered a few DIY options. We kept our eyes open wherever we went hoping to find an interesting piece of barn wood or some old industrial equipment we could turn into a functional piece of furniture. We finally decided that a slab of live edge lumber would work best for us. The only snag was that lumber isn't exactly plentiful in Phoenix, and if you can manage to find something, it's usually expensive.

After doing a bit of research, we found a PEFC certified, sustainable tree farm in Ohio (yeah, we're sooo green) that sells beautiful live edge lumber on eBay. So we picked out an amazing slab of live edge red maple. It's super figured, a little wormy and totally awesome. We also picked up some raw steel hairpin legs from hairpinlegs.com to add a little industrial flare.

Phase 1: Sealing and attaching legs


























Phase 2: Finishing - It took a bit of research to find just the the right lacquer. We had to find something that would make the figure pop, but wouldn't change the color of the wood too much. Maple is also prone to yellowing over time, so it was important to use a product that protected against discoloration. CAB-acrylic lacquer was the perfect thing. A few coats later it looked like this:




















Phase 3: Enjoying our new console table. After letting it air out, we moved it into position. We painted some Mio Paper Forms wallpaper squares that we've had tucked away for years and stuck them on the wall above. We also decided that our plant and bird looked better on the console. 







































We actually enjoyed the project so much that we're considering making and selling them. Maybe someday we'll start an OMC Etsy store. 

13 comments:

  1. Love it. Glad to hear you bought the legs from that site. I've been looking at them for a bit for a bench I want to make but I had never heard of the site so I was a little uneasy.

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  2. Whit,

    that was really well done dude! looks awesome. Hope you are doing well,

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  3. Just perfect! Thanks for inspiration!

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  4. Oh wow, I love it!! We actually have some slabs of wood similar to this in our shed that we picked up from a guy on craigslist - I may have to do this with one of those slabs!! It looks amazing!

    Question - did you do any sanding or prep work to the slab before you sealed it? Or did it come already prepped?

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  5. Yes, we sanded several times during the whole process. We didn't touch the live edges though. We wanted those to be as raw as possible.

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  6. Also, our slab was kiln-dried before we got it. This helps to prevent warping and cracking. Hope that helps!

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  7. great idea! i am considering copying it! :) how long are the hairpin legs you used? i am thinking about 31" and i am wondering if that's too high...

    thanks!!

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  8. Ours were 28" if I remember correctly. 30" is a pretty typical overall height for a console table.

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  9. Where on ebay did you order the wood from?

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    1. Hi Ciara, It's been a while since I ordered the wood and I can't remember the name of the seller. Just do a search for whatever type of wood you want, and several should come up. I do know it came from Ohio, so keep an eye out for Ohio sellers!

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  10. Great job! Quick question, did the lumber come with its bark or you had to remove the bark yourself? I'm looking at some online and it seems to have the bark still on it.

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    1. Hey Jo12ge. We didn't do anything to the edges, so any bark removal was already done before we got the slab. All we really did was sand down the cut edges and finish it.

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  11. This is so gorgeous! I just came across your blog and am so in love! Bookmarked:)

    Josie
    FineandFeathered.com

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