Before & After: Live Edge Adds Life as Coffee Table

published Aug 15, 2015
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(Image credit: Jenny)

Jenny’s ambitious first-ever woodworking project was transforming this scrap wood into a live edge coffee table. Want to see how she did? We’re living for it:

(Image credit: Jenny)

That little air plant looks right at home!

From Jenny:

This was an ambitious first woodworking project: a live edge coffee table with epoxy inlay. My dad and I found a scrap piece of wood from our local sawmill and spent the next few weeks trimming off the bark, sanding, and leveling out the board. There were a lot of cracks and imperfections on the slab, so we blackened two-part epoxy and poured it in to stabilize the cracks and the knots in the wood. One of the ends had a big knot that was rotted through, so we widened the hole, sawed off that end and added it on top as a 2nd tier. We sanded the whole thing down, stained it with honey walnut stain, finished with polyurethane, and added black steel hairpin legs.

One of my favorite parts about this table is the amount of detail in every inch of the board: you can see the black epoxy inlay, the knots and natural curve of the wood, and the beautiful grain details. We put an air plant in the hole on the second tier to add a bit of life to this table.

Thank you Jenny!