|Project by lumberjoe||posted 01-14-2014 10:21 PM||1401 views||3 times favorited||11 comments|
I am not a fan of the rustic look or the shabby chic look. This is a small coffee table I made for my girls play/media room. This table will be (and already has been) colored on, painted on, spilled on, and probably jumped on. To be honest I put really minimal effort and materials into this table. I made it the weekend after Christmas so we could finish their new place to play with Santa’s goodies. It needed to be quick and I used materials I hand on hand.
The legs are 2×4’s. The aprons are #2 construction grade pine. I refuse to stain or clear finish construction materials. Instead I used General finishes sommerset gold milk paint. 3 coats sanded between coats
The top is from a nasty piece of red oak I found in the garage when we moved in. It was rough sawn and looked like it had spent a lot of time outside at some point. It was sufficiently dry and milled well.
I am not a fan of red oak. The second to last picture shows why. That is the underside of the top with just polyurethane. I don’t like the uneven coloring and the deep red cathedrals in oak. The last picture is the top. I pore filled it with timbermate. Major difference. The finish is simply 6 coats of Minwax semigloss thinned and foam brushed on – no sanding between coats. It went down really nice. After it cured for a few days I rubbed it out with steel wool and paste wax.
The legs in on backward! The tapers looked cool this way mocked up, but not so cool as a finished product. Oh well.
All and all this is pretty darn nice for about 3 hours total work. the girls love it and I have a ton more oak for when it gets trashed :)