Rustic X Coffee Table

Submitted by jessikira on Thu, 01/30/2014 - 18:34

This was our first project from Ana-White. I had a coffee table which I loved, but I inherited it from a dumpster years ago (great find!) and time finally caught up to it. I decided this time around I didn't want to spend over $300 on a "rustic" coffee table that everyone has. So my boyfriend and I decided if we were going to have a table that others have, it might as well be unique in the sense that we made it!

We split the time in about a 3 week period (we both work full-time so time in our house is at a minimum). We bought the wood, cut it, and used a Kreg Jig to start putting it all together. We had some trouble with perfecting the X's (as you'll see) as our saw didn't quite hit the angle. But we managed to get it done.

The most time consuming part was sanding, sanding, and sanding some more. We went with the oxidization finish which was kind of a pain... we probably will never do that again. The outcome wasn't all that much better than regular stain. Then we used poly on the top instead of wax so it would be more durable.

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Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
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Finish Used
Oxidized the entire thing based on Hillary's instructions using a foam brush (black tea, steel wool-soaked vinegar) then added 3 coats of satin poly to the top for durability and lightly sanded afterwards to bring out the grey color of the oxidization.
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