Rustic Coffee Table

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Project by derrickparks57 posted 02-09-2016 03:44 PM 925 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had this stack of pine sitting in the shop for about 6 months now. Every time I looked at it I wasn’t ever sure what to do with it. It is all mostly straight but full of knots, had live edges on several boards, definitely not high grade stuff but I paid next to nothing for it. Well a couple weeks ago I looked at it and it yelled at me and said “COFFEE TABLE”.

I built the legs and framework nice and square knowing I was going to paint them, so they didn’t get any “rustic abuse” applied to them. Sanded to 240g, applied 2 coats of chalk paint then 1 coat of satin poly because it needed protection and I wasn’t buying that “chalk paint wax”.

Top was a little more fun to do simply because I wasn’t worried about denting it. Picked out 2 of the nicer live edge boards for the outside edges. Cleaned up the loose bark with the chisels and sand paper, and basically had to glue every knot in the top because they were all loose. Then proceeded to abuse the top with random items, nails, screws, hammer, a file, whatever was laying around. Sanded to 240g, used pre-conditioner and stained with dark walnut. Brushed on 3 coats of semi-gloss poly then buffed it out with 0000 steel wool and a t-shirt.

Now it’s done and I think there’s enough pine leftover for a matching end table. Wife loved it, until I told her I built it to sell not to keep.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 03:53 PM

That’s really nice looking. Believe that’s hard for me to say as pine is my least favorite wood. You did a really great job with it.

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#2 posted 02-09-2016 03:58 PM

being brutally honest – I don’t like the white bottom BUT the top is GREAT !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 04:08 PM

I agree Dick, I don’t prefer to paint any of my projects but since this is gonna be sold and this is the current “trend” nowadays is the ONLY reason it got painted.

-- Derrick, Florida, DP Woodwerks

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 06:19 PM

trend – they change almost daily don’t they ? and what kind of fish is that ? We used to fish in the Chass river where it meets the Gulf, never knew what was coming in the boat

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 09:28 PM

beautiful table. nice use of pine, the live edges look particularly great. i am not against the paint the way you guys are. i think it has a nice rustic, country look to it.

-- When certain, measure again, just in case!

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