I built these two end tables right after finishing my first project, the rustic x coffee table. The bigger one was built using the regular plans, while I followed cgolden's plan for the smaller table: http://ana-white.com/2012/09/smaller-rustic-x-end-table
I learned the hard way about the existence of carpenter bees while building these. At the time, I was living with three roommates and the best place to keep my building and furniture out of the way was on the porch. You can see in the picture one of the perfect little round holes that one of them carved out for a home.
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Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
I followed Hillary's oxidizing wood tutorial and used the Vermont Natural polywhey satin finish that she recommended as an alternative to wax. I used wax on the coffee table, and I have to admit that I liked the texture and color better of the wax. However, the polywhey looks like it will last a while and seems to be pretty low maintenance. I haven't had any problems with water rings or anything like that with either finish, and I never use coasters! Here's the link to the tutorial: http://thefriendlyhome.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-oxidize-wood.html?m=1
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