A few weeks back I posted about a piece of walnut I picked up in Dallas to make into a rustic/modern coffee table. My dad helped me sand it down (3 hours with an electric sander), but we ran out of time to finish it. This weekend we put on the final touches.
We used Watco Danish oil to create a hand-rubbed style finish. This stuff is really easy to use. It involves 3 main steps – an initial application, a second application and then wiping off the excess finish. This stuff soaks into the wood and then hardens, so even the bark could be finished. We had a few drips that leaked through the knot holes, which we fixed by sanding them with steel wool and applying a second coat of finish. We went ahead and finished out the bottom just because. This stuff takes 8 hours to cure, but isn’t sticky. So, you can do this out in the yard without worrying that leaves and bugs will get stuck in it.
We then positioned the legs (from hairpinlegs.com) and some supports to prevent the naturally occurring cracks in the wood from widening. We pre-drilled all of the holes to avoid splitting and then added screws.
And here’s the finished product in it’s new home (excuse the photo, I don’t have Photoshop right now). I’m really pleased with the way this came out. Especially since I spent a total of less than $250 and 5 hours of labor. Similar tables on Etsy are going for $550+ (and I would note are far smaller than this guy, who measures in at 7′).
Legs: $80 for the four, including shipping
Finish and supplies (brush, tack cloth, rags): $20
Total: $220 + time spent