I am married to an entrepreneur. His schedule includes crazy hours and a daily dose of uncertainty and euphoria. His go-to stress release is to work with his hands and power tools. Those coping skills make up for the frenetic paced, bootstrapped business model and thousands of stories reminiscent of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. In a way, my live edge coffee table suggestion was a selfless request with his best interests in mind.
That was my pitch after I found the live edge coffee table in an Arhaus catalog. I argued our Colorado “brownstone in the suburbs” living room deserved a live edge coffee table.
And the best part of this DIY project? The only power tool needed was a hand-held power drill to attach the legs to the coffee table.
Live Edge Coffee Table Details
My husband found a local source for domestic hardwood slabs. We found our Russian Olive “species” in Denver at a store appropriately named Denver’s Wood Slabs.
We decided on a Russian Olive slab. The details of the wood slabs are on display for the customers.
Our Russian Olive slab was salvaged from a Denver park. Our future coffee table was from Denver and not a factory overseas.
Once we picked the slab, the team cut it to our approximate dimensions for a coffee table. They kept the raw edge on one side and planed and sanded the entire slab.
It was a smooth, dense Olive Slab that required the two of us to prep it for the final steps. The final steps to stain and finish with a top coat were the hardest only because we could not wait to get this table in our living room.
Do not rush these final steps.
Our job was to decide on a stain and meticulously apply layer after layer of stain. Together, over the course of several nights, we applied five coats of stain. We completed a light sanding between coats and patiently waited 24 hours to apply the next coat of stain.
Final Coffee Table Steps
I finished the coffee table with two coats of a water-based clear coat. It took a week to stain and seal the table. We ordered the table’s legs from an Etsy shop. As promised, the only power tool needed for this coffee table was a power drill to attach the legs!
We love this finished look of our live edge coffee table! It would be fun to run down there and see if I can take a few scraps for future fun projects!
Our Russian Olive, live edge coffee table is a little piece of Colorado history in our living room.