Learn how to build a DIY wood slice coffee table with stunning ghost legs.
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Hello and welcome to Our Crafty Mom! You’ve probably heard me say this before, but this is absolutely, positively my most favorite DIY project ever!
This resin and wood coffee table is something that I’ve been wanting to make for over two years, since meeting with Osborne Wood representatives at a blogging conference in 2017.
They had acrylic “ghost legs” displayed and it was love at first sight. I mean look at these gorgeous legs:
It’s like they are floating, right? I knew these table legs deserved a very special table top and I could not get the image of a dark wood slab out of my head.
The contrast of the modern ghost legs against the rustic wood was something I really wanted to explore. So I took my time with this piece, and asked my Dad if he could keep an eye out for some cool pieces of wood for me.
Where to find wood slabs.
By way of history, my Dad lives on a small farm in Rhode Island and builds chicken coops in his retirement. He is clearing some of his land, and also has a friend who owns a lumber yard, so I knew he could get me some good wood slabs.
He came through in spades and gave me about 8 pieces in all shapes and sizes. If you do not know someone with access to a lumber mill, you can purchase them at a local lumber yard, but they can be very pricey.
You may be better off searching online, or check your local Craigslist.
It’s filled with seashells and small stones, some of which my daughter collected from Cape Cod beaches. The most recent piece I just made was a super fun glow in the dark wood slice table that I plan to use outside around a fire pit.
This brings us to my current wood slice coffee table DIY. I moved over a year ago to townhouse in the country. I love that it is on a dead end street and has a yard with acres of woods behind it.
The downside is it has a small living room. I’ve really struggled with how to place the furniture in this room. It’s a classic “bowling alley” style room -long and narrow.
I finally have the furniture placement down, but had to move my extra large farmhouse style coffee table into the basement. It was just too large.
They are wonderful to work with and the quality of their products are just amazing. They were founded in 1979 and are located in Georgia. I was thrilled when they wanted to partner with me on this project.
Let me show you how I made this epoxy resin wood slice coffee table, than I’ll share information on how to dry the wood and a few other tips when working with live edge wood slabs.
DIY Wood Slice Coffee Table
- Envirotex Pour-On Epoxy Resin Finish
- Unfinished Live Edge Wood Slab
- Osborne Wood Acrylic Table Legs
- Paint Brush
- Palm Sander
Gather your supplies and start by preparing the wood. My wood slab had already been drying for over 6 months.
Start by sanding the wood slice with a palm sander so it get’s nice and smooth. Be sure to sand front and back. Decide if you want to remove the bark on the side of the wood slab, or leave it on. I love the look of the bark so I chose to leave it on.
Choose the finish for your wood slice table top.
Now it’s time to decide on the type of finish that you want for your wood table top. You have several choices.
- Go with a natural unfinished look using a clear polycrylic.
- Use your favorite color stain.
- Finish with an epoxy resin topcoat.
I chose to stain it with a walnut stain because I really wanted the contrast of the dark wood against the clear ghost legs. Next decide if you want an epoxy resin topcoat.
I’ve used this product before on my epoxy resin desk and it has held up really well, so I opted to go with one coat of epoxy for a nice smooth finish.
As this will be used as a coffee table I figured it will protect it from spills, etc.
A heating gun will be your best friend when pouring resin. It removes any bubbles and aids in drying time.
Attach the ghost legs.
The final step is to attach the ghost legs. The legs from Osborne Wood come with everything you need, other than a drill. The quality of the materials are seriously top notch and I had no trouble at all securing the legs to the wood top.
Another reason I wanted to use acrylic legs on this coffee table is because my living room is small, the clear legs are not bulky at all and it gives a very streamlined effect. It’s very similar to using a glass tabletop when space is limited.
I’m not afraid to admit that the main reason I wanted to use ghost legs is that they are just plain gorgeous.
And I have not been able to get this song out of my head since finishing this project, ha!
Tips For Making A Wood Slice Table DIY
- Allow the wood to cure for the appropriate amount of time, or purchase it kiln-dried.
- The rule of thumb is one year for each inch of thickness. This article on how to cure wood slabs is very helpful.
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