I had been looking to replace my coffee table for a while. I even blogged about it earlier this year. In addition to those ideas, I thought of repurposing a pallet or even using a large tree stump.
I decided to get a circular saw (bought a used one for $20) and make my table more smaller.
So the first thing I did after taking the legs off was cut it so it was rectangular instead of square. Then I sanded the espresso stain down. What surprised me was the reddish color wood underneath. I even sanded down the underside.
Once I was done, I used my vinegar and steel wool solution to tone down some of the color before I took my heat gun to it, giving it another dimension of character.
After I was done with the messy stuff, I brought it into the house to add the oil sealant and add the legs. I was also starting to get gnawed by bugs (what else is new). As you can see, Puck was quick to explore the new table.
So this was right after the sealant was added and the legs. Once the oil’s soaked in, it won’t be as dark.
Another view to show the cool legs. I got them from a company called Modern Legs. These are known as “just the tip”.