Today is going to be ANOTHER gorgeous and stunning reclaimed wood project! However, you can most definitely accomplish this cutie putie with just about any kind of wood, but since my husband and I have a lot of barn wood on hand it’s our go-to solution.
So, let’s get started!
How to Build a Wood Herringbone Coffee Table
by LZ from The Summery Umbrella
- 1/4 sheet 1/2″ plywood
- 4-16″ hairpin legs
- barn wood 4-1″x4″x8′ (approximately 10 sq ft)
- 12-1″ black panhead wood screws
- spar varnish
- wood glue
- drill and bits
- table saw or circular saw
- miter saw or circular saw
- measuring tape
- nail gun (brad)
- ruler or anything with a straightedge
2.) Rip your barn wood to 3.5″ strips (or just use 1″x4″).
3.) Mark the starting point with a square on your base. We chose to offset ours to be a little different, but a very common herringbone pattern is centered.
4.) Apply glue to the underside of your barn wood boards and position along the marked line. From the underside secure into place with 1″ brad nails (make sure to overlap the edge–you’ll cut off the extra in just a second).
5.) Butt the edge of the next board up to the first board checking for square. The first boards and their placement are the most important as they will provide the outline for the rest of the project.
6. Continue the pattern the entire length of your table. As we worked our way down we trimmed the larger lengths off so we could use the scraps to fill the smaller places on the ends. This was done with a circular saw.
7.) Trim all edges flush to the plywood underneath. This can also be done with the handheld circular saw as well.
8.) Next, using a table saw or circular saw cut your wood into 2″ strips for trim.
Tip: Instead of measuring your pieces put the trim piece in place and simply mark where to cut.
9.) Apply the trim to the sides with glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails.
10.) To finish we lightly sanded the entire table with 60 grit sandpaper, which was mainly to knock down the splinters. Then applied Spar Urethane to add a beautifully shiny protective coat. On barn wood we used four coats of the spar varnish. This particular finishing product is great for old dry wood as it flexes with the wood.
11.) Add your legs! The set that we purchased was ridiculously easy to install as you can see in the below picture. If you would like to pre-drill your screws you most definitely can, but I did not think it was necessary.
12.) And thats it!
Plus, with this table not only is the top simply amazing and will definitely need to be shown off, but you can also add layers of your favorite vintage finds to add an interesting element to it as well. The sky is limit with decorating ideas with this table!
Cost and Time Involved:
Hairpin Legs: $50
Spar Varnish: $32
Total Cost: $82
Total Time: You could easily do this project in two days if you have all of your supplies on hand. It’s approximately 4 hours to build your table and add your first coat of varnish. Subsequent coats will add extra drying time.
I hope you enjoyed reading this tutorial and happy building,
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