Craft Your Own Artisanal Wood Table

Fulfill an upper tier Maslow Need — Be able to say “Yes, I built this beautiful coffee table.” Your knack for solving problems and crafting functionality extends beyond software. You are multi-faceted.

Step 1: Get Piece of Wood

Get a nice-looking piece of wood to use as your main surface. There are a few places to get artisanal wood in the bay area. A bench-sized piece should cost $100-$200. Dining table size can go way up. If the live edge options (that neat organic tree look) are too pricey, get an old table, remove the legs, and rework the wood.

Building Resources — Between Dogpatch and Hunters Point, SF

Urban Ore — Berkeley

Artisan Burlwood — Berkeley

Firewood Farms — Half-Moon Bay

Heritage Salvage — Petaluma, if you fancy a drive to wine country

Online Wood Slab Sellers — Don’t even leave the house. Can filter by price.

Optional Step: Make Wood Better

This step is as long or short as you want.

You may have to get rid of bark (use a chisel).

You may sand it. Use a power hand sanders, starting with 40, 80, 120, 320 grit sandpaper. The wood will be pretty smooth after 320, but you can go for ultra smooth with 500 and then 1000 grit.

You may finish the wood surface with a sealant (this will darken the wood), wax, oil, etc. There are many techniques on when to apply and how long to wait between coats.

2. Get Some Table Legs

This part is surprisingly easy. There are many hipster-looking DIY table leg kits. You literally just get a set of clamps, clamp your wood, and the table is complete. #wow

The Floyd Table Leg
See? Literally clamps. But look how stylish!

Matches well with exposed brick interiors and reclaimed wood.

SNAP Assembly System
These sort of look like giant paper clips. They are more flexible and work for smaller items, and you can buy them in 2s and 3s.

Stylish SNAP Assembly system comes in many more colors.

Exactly like Floyd, but for our European friends.

Legs That Require Drilling

Slightly more complicated. Requires a power drill and screws, but are much cheaper than the pre-made clamp legs.

Hairpin Legs
These thin metal legs are ones that will look hip with your wood slab. They are also super cheap at $6-$12 each leg.

UX4 Brackets

Once a Kickstarter, these are custom built for 2x4s. And angles.

3. Put Legs on Wood

Follow whatever directions your legs came with. 

Pro-tips: Use coasters. Re-oil once in a while.

Extreme Challenge Variant!

And if you’re *really* sick, you BYO chrome hatchets and turn them into table legs for the silver woodsman look.