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DIY Live Edge Table

I told you all that I was sooo inspired by last week's "I Love It" post that I made one of the items.  Did anyone guess it was the $25,000 Live Edge Tablle?!?  I have been lusting after these tables for some time now.  Pairing them with the right pieces can lead to some gorgeous outcomes. But that price tag!!! I have seen them for less, but still way too much for my pocket.  So we decided to do what we do best... make one.


After our outdoor glass table crashed last week we knew we immediately had to make a new one.  Now that it is warm out, we try to eat outside as much as possible.  That is kinda hard to do on a table with no top...  just sayin.


Since the base was in great condition we decided it would be best to keep it & create a new wood top.  We looked at a picnic style tops, solid tops... & we ended up with a bit of a combo.  We pieced together two large pieces of wood with a narrower one down the middle.  


Oh yeah... didn't I mention we were adding a built in ice bucket?!?  More about that in a minute.  To attach the wood together we used our old faithful method of applying Liquid Nails (weatherproof) down the side of each board, place them all together & secure with some scrap pieces that are also glued & screwed.  Once you flip over the top you simply sand down any edges that aren't flush.  This gives you a strong and sturdy top.

For our ice bucket, I really wanted a long narrow trough...but the "x" in the base it wouldn't allow it.  Knowing that it had to have some length to it, I was able to find an oval bucket at Homegood's.  We traced it on to the top {centered of course} & then cut it out with the jigsaw.  The hubs had the brilliant idea to uncurl the buckets rim so we could hammer it flat onto the table top.  This covered up any places where a jigsaw may have messed up { cough cough }.  We added screws around the interior perimeter of the bucket into the table opening to keep it secure.




Now comes the fun part... The EDGES!  I pulled out our belt sander.  And let me tell you this thing is for real.  It really could tear up a piece of furniture, which is not usually the intended goal, but it worked perfectly for this.  There is no science to this part, just go at it with all you've got.  Remember you can always go back & make any of your cuts deeper... 


Once you are happy with your edges, it's time to stain.  I always start with a pre-stain conditioner first.  This will allow you to avoid a blotchy stain application.


The stain really brought the table edges to life.  To seal the table I coated the entire table, top to bottom, with Man'O'War Marine Spar Varnish.  Seriously, I coated every nook & cranny of this thing starting with the bottom.  It wouldn't make any sense to simply coat the top, as the base would be still be exposed to the natural elements as well.

Since we were using pine boards I applied 4 coats of Marine Spar Varnish, sanding down with steel wool in between each coat.  This is honestly the longest part of this project because of the 24 hour drying time.  The table itself was literally constructed in an afternoon.

After all the coats were dry, we attached the top to our base.  The hubs came up with yet another brilliant idea... Gosh he's good to have around.


He took some thick metal braces & screwed them into the scrap wood .  The piece overlapping the metal than acted as a vice and clamped the top to the metal base.  This top is not going ANYWHERE!  & of course our Project Manager was there to supervise.


Now all that's left to do is start enjoying dinner alfresco again!  With a chilled beverage of course.




The ice bucket could have numerous functions.  Besides an ice bucket I am seeing oysters on the half shell, sinking in a floral arrangement & wouldn't this have been handy for the crayfish boil we had a few weeks ago?!?


I did pay close attention to any knots in the wood & tried to work around them, as if that is how it would have naturally formed.


I am really proud that our inspiration was this...


& we ended up with this!



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96 comments:

  1. Seriously in love with this table top. I am making a sawhorse desk and not I know what I am going to do for the top! Yay!!! I did a similar idea with my countertop in my kitchen. But I love the live edge for a desktop! Genius!

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    1. Can't wait to see the Sawhorse Desk Tracie!

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  2. Your table looks like professionals made it. Just beautiful!! ~ Jamie

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    1. That is always the compliment we are striving for. Thanks Jaime!

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  3. I really need a table with an ice bucket in the center!

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  4. INCREDIBLE! I'm pretty much in love with every project you do! This one is soooo awesome!

    --Katie
    @ Creatively Living

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  5. So sorry about the smashed glass ... but this new table is so amazingly amazing! See, I'm at a loss for words about what an incredible team how incredibly talented you and your husband are ... what a team!

    And that ice bucket in the middle and using the edges to cover jigsaw "mistakes" ... brilliant and functional.

    :)

    Linda

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  6. That is so gorgeous...I would pay big bucks for something that good looking!
    -Cindy

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  7. I think it's a huge blessing in disguise that your glass broke...this is awesome! So much more custom and personal! The ice bucket is just too clever!

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  8. Our glass broke last year and we replaced it with another piece, DANG! Wonderful job, love the creative ice bucket, too!

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  9. Wow! What a great project! Thanks So very much for sharing how you (two) made it. Jennifer over at "Dimples and Tangles" mentioned your blog in her blog post...I am following you now too.

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  10. What an amazing project... you are one crafty girl! I'm your newest follower!

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  11. Holy cow... this is so stinkin awesome!!! i love your edge and how perfectly imperfect they are. I like this so much better than the other table. It has so much age to it. Great job!

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  12. Okay this is incredible! I'm so impressed with the results.

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  13. Beautiful table, and I love the idea of an ice bucket in the middle. But I'm wondering how you empty the ice/water out when you're finished?

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  14. Thanks for all the feedback! We are officially love.

    In regards to the drainage, I forgot to share that we added a hole in the bucket & plug it with a rubber wine cork.

    Thanks, Kristin

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  15. This is AMAZING -- love it! You have inspired me to tackle so many home projects!

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  16. Such a gorgeous table top! I love the beautiful finish.

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  17. This turned out so fabulous! Love the DIY live edge - it adds so much character. And the ice bucket is a great touch too.

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  18. This is fantastic!! I love how you made the instructions so clear. This is definitely a project in my future.

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  19. I have been looking forward to making a new dining table with acrylic chairs. I didn't think it could be so easy! My boyfriend and I constructed a cocktail table last year with a glass tile top and have been itching to do another table ever since. I will definitely apply what I learned here!! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Wow! This is stunning! I'm not sure which part is my favorite but this makes such a bigger statement than just a glass table top! Off to see if I can convince my husband to make this and I will definitely be sharing on my FB wall! You should be so proud of yourself!

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  21. Wow! Amazing job! The table looks fantastic! Love the DIY live edge! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Seriously, gorgeous! I am over the moon for this table...and I love the ice bucket, very clever. I know you will enjoy that table for a very long time :)

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  23. Does the ice bucket have a plug to pul out? I was wondering how you empty it...

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    1. As I mentioned in an earlier comment, we did drill a hole & use a rubber wine cork to plug it.

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  24. Awesome...can't wait to re-do ours...it shattered last summer...ty ty ty

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  25. I love it!!! And love the ice bucket idea too!! Pinning!!!!
    Visiting from Serenity Now party!

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  26. WOW! I'm absolutely amazed by this DIY. It looks like something from Room and Board that my husband drooled over. I also love that you used the existing base. My husband will be thrilled that I'm now plotting how to do something similar with our outdoor metal table. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  27. This is jaw-dropping amazing...so glad I stopped by your beautiful blog!

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  28. O-M-G what a great idea! I wish I had seen this before I replaced mine that shattered too! :( Hmmm... there's this hammer right in front of me.... ;)

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  29. I never leave comments, but I'm so blown away by this DIY project that I just HAD to gush over it! I really think yours is much prettier than the $25K inspiration table, and the ice bucket is absolutely the perfect touch. Congratulations to you and your handy hubby on a fabulous and inspiring project :)

    Stacy

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  30. Wow, this is gorgeous! I really want one now. I'm having a dining table custom made and this makes me want to change my order... or add a table outside instead of my sofa and chairs... Hmmm... Great job!

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  31. I looks amazing! What type of wood did you use?

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    1. Thanks for all the comments! I forgot to mention that we used Pine. Not knowing how the table would turn out we didn't want to screw up expensive wood. Plus, I didn't want to do that much sanding on Chemically Treated Lumber...

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    2. What size Pine did you use? This looks fantastic. I would love to create something similar for a desk.

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    3. Please ignore my comment and thank you. I was able to find the answer by reading all of your replies to people.

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  32. I love this! I've been looking for a raw edge wood table and they are all way too pricey for me. It's great to see a DIY version.

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  33. Wow!!! Fantastic, professional looking job! I love it!!

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  34. Wow this is absolutely stunning! Amazing job! The ice bucket is an amazing idea as well!

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  35. Another comment to say what I am sure has been said... WOW WOW WOw! I love this table and have added it to my pins so I can keep admiring it. (and hope that hubs like it too and gets inspired to make our own version. )

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  36. Fabulous! It was indeed a blessing in disguise that your glass table shattered! Quick question..you mentioned you glued the wood together using three separate pieces of wood. Wouldn't that create two seams?

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    1. Thanks Doreen! It did create two seams... :) They really are not noticeable at all.

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  37. FABULOUS!!! You are so stinking talented, Kristin! Thanks for linking up to my party. I am featuring your table in my post today.
    Have a blessed day!
    Traci

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  38. Found you through Traci, love this table. How fun is that and the ice bucket is perfect. Hugs, Marty

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  39. Found you through Traci at Beneath my Heart. I love the table! And the ice bucket is great! I may have to copy that one day! :)

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  40. Amazing table. Just wondering if you would mind sharing the dimensions, how wide were the boards you used? Thanks so much!

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  41. Great Job....would you be able to give more details on the actual sanding part, on the edges...not sure how you did it....thanks much

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  42. Not sure how to elaborate... I used a belt sander with a medium grit sandpaper & just kind of went at the wood until I got the look I was going for. To get the big divots, I would hold the sander into the wood longer allowing for it to sand that one spot more. There wasn't really anything to technical or planned about it, which allowed this to be such a simple project. Hope that helps....

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  43. I wish I would have found this 2 years ago when I was looking for a live edge table in my price point. It is SO BEAUTIFUL!! Running to get my belt sander NOW, lol...

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  44. I love the project involved the whole family together, it is not just a beautiful table but a great memory every time when you use it. Another great work!

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  45. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful table and love the recessed ice bucket in the middle. Well done!

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  46. Brilliant. I absolutely love it. The built in ice bucket is genius. Wonderful job.

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  47. Love this table,, I want to build me one now. And the ice bucket was a great idea!

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  48. Wow!!!!! Absolutely beautiful. I hope you enjoy it for many years :)

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  49. Gorgeous! I am also admiring your rug, where did you get it? Love that teal and tan!

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    1. Thanks Ashley. I actually stenciled a $20 outdoor rug. Here is the link with all of the products & info....
      http://thehuntedinterior.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-stencil-outdoor-rug.html

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  50. This is pure amazing. LOVE the idea of an ice bucket, something I wouldn't have thought of.

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  51. Kristin!!! SHE WAS RIGHT!!!! Who was it at Haven that introduced me to you and told me you were a freakin' GENIUS designer?? I'm finally coming up for air post-Haven and making my way to your blog. I just scoured the whole thing and am INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED. You are the real deal. LOVE EVERYTHING. Like, as in. I don't know how to end this comment. I just keep going. I don't feel like I've put words to the feelings I'm having. ;-) nice.

    Angie

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  52. I have that exact table with the glass intact, but that glass is outta here after seeing this beauty. Do you know the width of the pine boards you purchased?
    I think I'm going to go to Lowe's today and buy the wood.

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    1. The boards were roughly 18" wide for the outer two & 8" wide for the center board. Good Luck! Send me pictures!!!

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    2. Love this! Where did y'all find the base, it has such great lines I haven't had much luck finding one I like. But if I end up with a glass top I'm going to be crossing my fingers for it to break so I can try this too!!

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  53. Wow, this looks awesome!!! You are talented my friend!!!

    Vera

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  54. I'm surprised once again from your creativity! You and your hubby deserve the "Master of science" award! Just pinned this great makeover!

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  55. Hi Kristin,

    What a great post - so inspiring! What type of finish/stain did you use on it? The color is amazing!

    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks MAC! I always mix my stains (not sure why). I believe this was abmix of Minwax English Walnut & their newer grey stain.

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  56. Fascinating and functional, Creative and Crafty...Have you heard from Nate yet?

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  57. WWWWWOWIE. im so amazed at this. now im wishing i had a space to recreate this for! great job YOUS guys :)

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  58. I love this so much! I'm a big fan of this style edging, scratch that, HUGE fan. People sometimes think I'm crazy, but I can't help just LEAVING THE SANDER THERE and letting it get wild. You know what I mean! Anyway, I shared your awesome tutorial (thanks for writing it!) with all of my readers, and sent them this way for the full instructions.

    Thanks again!
    http://ninered.blogspot.com/2012/10/how-to-live-edge-table.html

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  59. Also - what grade sandpaper did you use on your belt sander? I have yet to use mine

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  60. Love this!although someofyour pictures are not loading.

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  61. Wow.....how easy was that. Great job and idea. Thank you for sharing

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  62. On vacation this summer, I also fell in love with a table at the place we stayed at. As a Christmas present, I asked my husband to try and make the coffee table. I really like the color of the wood stain that you used on your table. What kind of color and brand did you use?

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  63. Let me just pick my jaw up off the floor! That patio table is to die for! I love the live edge and that you didn't just throw away the old frame. Kudos to you and your hubs (and project manager ;-).

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  64. I love this project! you made it look so awesome! I especially love the lights you chose and the vintage feel! Bravo! I found you through the not just a house wife contest and am your newest follow! good luck in the contest!

    <3 Bethany @ thesepiapuppy.blogspot.com

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  65. What size wood planks did you use to make the table?

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    1. Hi Chrissie! The boards were roughly 18" wide for the outer two & 8" wide for the center board. The table is roughly 6' long.

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    2. Kristin, can you tell me where you bought the wood? I want to try something similar for our kitchen table but my husband is insisting I won't find wood like that at Lowe's or HD. Also, how thick is it? Thanks! LOVE the table!! (And everything else in your home!)

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    3. Hey Katie!
      The boards are from Home Depot & are 1" (really 3/4") thick. These are standard pieces easily picked up at any home improvement store. Nothing special :)

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  66. Love the table, but may I ask where you got your chairs?

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    1. They are Panton Chairs that I got a deal on about 6 years ago (Buy One Get One FREE deal!!) They are a classic chair & readily available in the original ($$$) & knockoffs. Just type Panton Chair in Google & you'll get all price ranges.

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  67. I hate to say this because it looks great and you put a lot of effort into the table, but this table will most likely develop many large cracks because of wood movement and how the pieces were joined together with screws.

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    1. Hi Bill. It has almost been a year completely exposed to all the elements & it is in great shape. I do plan on adding another coat of Marine Varnish in the early spring as regular maintenance/upkeep. We already do that to any of our outdoor wood furniture anyways. Thanks for stopping by.

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  68. This is amazing!!!! Great job!!!! I love your blog!

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  69. Is there a "tutorial" link with more details? Step-by-step instructions, supplies, and photos or the process, or just the overview?

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  70. ABsolutely gorgeous. I love this! How has this piece held up over time? I'm considering doing an indoor version, but I do have two little boys that tend to spill drinks and food frequently. :)

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  71. Ahh! I've been pining for this kind of table for quite some time! This will be in my new home as soon as its completed!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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  72. Very nice looking piece of furniture. Looks really similar to my teak patio furniture after it has been oiled

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