I started by making my cuts for the table top pieces out of my 2x10s. I used my new table saw to make all of the cuts for the 2x10s. I sanded all the planks separately before attaching them together using 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws. My Kreg Jig was integral to building this table. It's very important to get good pocket holes for this final look. I currently have the R3, but am hoping to upgrade to the K4 soon. Look at all those pocket holes!
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I built this table last summer using framing lumber for under $100!
I beveled the long sides of the table using my table saw for something to do. I was trying to replicate live-edge wood, which it doesn’t at all, but I did end up loving the end result anyway so score?
Next I made the legs. I used 2x4s glued together to cut back on costs, but you could use 4x4s instead if that’s your preference.
I let the legs dry over night, and then assembled the base using pocket holes and wood glue.
I finished the top and base separately and waited to attach them together until after moving both pieces inside. For the finish, I used one coat of Minwax Provincial stain. Staining furniture is an easy way to transform it. I wiped it off with a rag almost immediately after application so it wouldn’t turn out too dark or saturated.
I love all the variations in the wood! Provincial was a good choice because I wanted something that was darker than my floors, but not so dark that it would have no depth. Once I applied the first coat of poly, it warmed up the wood slightly but didn’t change the color too drastically. I gave the top seven coats of poly (sanding in between each) but only three on the base, since it won’t see as much wear and tear and I am LAZY.
I moved both pieces inside, secured the top to the base using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and stood back to admire my handiwork.
If you want to build this table yourself, check out my free plans here! The wood cost around $75 in total and I had all the other supplies for finishing on hand. This is a basic build that (in my humble, unbiased opinion) looks like an expensive piece of furniture and is solid as hell. Framing lumber is a wonderful thing, my friends. Happy building!
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