From Drab to FAb -DIY Wood Slice End Table

A couple of years ago my hubby and I were running a few errands when we pass a yard that had a freshly taken down tree and a huge sign —FREE WOOD, YOU HAUL.

We did manage to get one big chunk, and after wrestling it to the car and getting sap all over, the log slice got rolled to a nice spot under the deck to dry out and has been sitting there ever since.
So now, two years later he doesn’t look so pretty.  The sap has gone, replaced by the black stuff.  A lot of the bark has fallen off and he is  ready for his makeover.

Since so much time had gone by, the remainder of the bark was easily knocked off.
Now for the part of the project that took the most time…sanding.  I started out with medium sandpaper but that wasn’t doing the job, back to the hardware store for the super coarse stuff.
The stain brings out the beauty of the wood.  This color is Golden Pecan, a nice medium colored stain.

Followed the stain with a few coats of polyurethane.
I bought my 20″  hairpin legs on Etsy from Philly Fabrication.  You can also purchase  Narrow Hairpin Legs from Amazon.  Both are about the same price, Philly starts out cheaper but you have to pay for shipping and at Amazon the shipping is free.

My wood slice was far from level.  Putting a level on the ends of the hairpin legs showed about a 1″ difference from the highest point of the slice to the lowest.
For a brief moment I considered chiseling out a groove for the highest leg but it was soooo much easier to just add a chunk of wood under each leg until the legs measured level.
The wood slice is about two feet across and 8 inches thick and makes a perfect end table. 

More pics and more step by step instructions are on my website, hope you get a chance to stop by.
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  • Wendy Wendy on May 28, 2017
    This is awesome! Any ideas for adding a cushion?

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