Used the Rustic X Coffee Table plans for this project. I altered it slightly to add the bread boards on the end. I also used my jointer to create a more flush joint between boards. When I went to cut the "x"'s out of 2x2's the boards ended up being too short. I'm working on a similar piece for a family member and I am waiting to cut these pieces until I'm almost finished to save stock. I also used a chain, hammer, nails, and metal clamp to beat the table top to "age" the wood a bit.
This project doesn't take long to build. Finishing takes about a week.
- 1 coat of black tea
- used the oxidized solution on certain parts of the boards to create definition.
- Sanded these spots to lighten them up.
- 2 coats of Minwax Red Chestnut stain.
- 2 coats of finishing wax
- 2 coats of polycrylic