Hello readers! Without further ado, Hello I Live Here brings you our Rustic DIY Coffee Table that you all voted for on our Facebook and Hometalk pages last night. The Facebook post alone brought Hello I Live Here 2K of readers who helped us choose just how we would stain and dress up this large Rustic DIY Coffee Table. We want to thank you all for your help, you were wonderful.
Let’s look at the project and how we got started with this awesome Rustic DIY Coffee Table idea. Hubby and I were out for an afternoon date, and after lunch I just had to stop by my favorite thrift store to see what unique upcycle DIY project spoke to me. There she sat, with others running past her – I was drawn to her like a moth to a flame. I just knew the moment I hit the door I could waive my magic DIY wand and BAM out would pop a fab upcycle Rustic DIY Coffee Table that any homeowner would love!!!!
We cut each 2×8 board in half, after all it is easier to handle a 4’ board then a 8’ board. Since the 2×8 board widths (Big Box store rarely have consistently sized wood – they were off by up to ¼”) were not consistent, we also had to cut two straight edges. We used a sled, with one true straight edge, made from ¾” birch ply that was 12”x4’, the same length as our 2×8 boards. We then secured the untrue board edge to the birch ply with a screw and set the straight edge of the birch ply against the fence. This gave us a straight edge on the 2×8. We then ran placed the newly cut 2x8s straight edge against the fence and created our second cut. This provided two true edges and gave us a tight connection between the boards with no gaps.
Next, we planed both sides using our Porter Cable planer. We feed a sacrificially board of the same thickness as our 2x8s to ensure the first board didn’t have the ever present planer divot, and ran the same sacrificial. Remember, to remove just a small amount, about 1/32” with each pass. It is better to run the wood through several passes, versus taking too much off with one pass. We then feed each board one after the other until each board was a consistent thickness. We then lowered the planer another 1/32” and planed the other side. We repeated this process two times to provide a consistent thickness and a smooth top and bottom surface.
We then edge glued our boards with Titebond wood glue and Kreg joined them all. We clamped the boards and let them dry overnight.