Modern Coffee Table with Shou Sugi Ban Legs // How to Build - Woodworking
We picked up this really unique figured wood from our local hardwood specialty. The grain was popping on the racks so we new we had to go with this as it would surely make an excellent conversation piece for the living room.
I took the first piece over to the miter saw and started to cut nominal lengths to get this ready for milling
Since the boards were wider than my jointer but were S3S, I edge jointed the last face as well as hand planed to get the wide surfaces a little more flat.
Later i noticed however that they weren’t completely flat even with my planing and I was afraid that might cause some issues with the glue up so I decided to try and make a planer sled. I used 3 strips of plywood but afterwards figured out that those might not have been the best option as the boards still were not flat.
Off camera I concluded that I better rip these down and joint them properly and once I had them ripped and jointed, i moved forward with the glue up
While the glue was drying I started ripping the boards for the table legs and began to drill holes to join those together. When the table top was dry, I squared it up by taking my Makita track saw and just shaving off about an eighth to quarter inch. I also took the 80 grit sanding pad to start making the wood soft.
I continued to assemble the legs and once they were together I started the Shop Sugi Ban using a Bernzomatic Torch. This was a very fun and easy process. I started inside the shop and I knew it was time to go outside when the smoke alarm kicked off. The thing I love about the Shou Sugi Ban is that the grain still shows through the dark black color and it's a really cool texture.
Once the legs were ready, I trimmed the edges of the table top did some sanding with 220 grit and then began assembly of the table. I used my flush mount drill bit instead of a counter sink bit which worked fine since I knew that I'd need flush screws for both attaching the top and for the legs to lay flat on the floor.
I took 320 grit to the top just before applying finish to get the top nice and smooth. For finishing I used Minwax Wipe-On poly, Satin. I started with 2 coats with no sanding in between then on the next coat I started the sanding with 320 grit after each coat as well as vacuuming all the dust. I did a total of 6 coats. The last part of finishing includes mixing mineral spirits with mineral oil and then using a 400 grit sanding pad to just lightly spread on the surface. I then took shop towels and buffed the surface. With that last buff, this build was done!
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