DIY Live Edge Table Tutorial

Our next post for Turning Tables DIY week comes from the very talented Bridget over at Windgate Lane. Pay her a visit and read more below — you’ll love her budget-friendly DIY live edge table!

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DIY live edge table, incredibly easy! by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

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DIY Live Edge Table Tutorial
by Bridget from Windgate Lane

Over here at Windgate Lane, I struggle with champagne taste on my beer budget! But this also motivates me to make those dreams a reality in my own way. Like when I wanted a card catalog more than anything in the world and finally just made my own in this Ikea Hack. Or when I found a $500 floor mirror that I loved and came up with my own plan to make it for $50 instead… it just makes you love the things more when you know they were a good deal 🙂

This Live Edge Table was no exception in the good deal department! I loved the gorgeous natural wood ones I had seen in stores and while I loved the thickness of them, that was not going to work for my space. I use our dining room as my furniture refurbishing room in the summer months here in Texas, when it’s too hot to work in the garage, and I needed to have a table that could be easily removed from the room.How to build your own (faux) live edge table for about $80. This DIY table is light and easy to move, while also being collapsible -- but it still comfortably seats 6! Tutorial from Windgate Lane on

This meant it needed to be fairly light, collapsible of some sort, but also look nice when in use! I gathered the following materials:

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  1. 2 – 8×12 boards (outer boards)
  2. 1 – 8×10 board (center board)
  3. 2 small backer boards (I just used scrap wood)
  4. gloves
  5. eye protection
  6. belt sander
  7. wood glue
  8. wood screws
  9. wood pre-stain solution (I used Minwax Pre- Stain)
  10. stain (I used a mixture of Minwax Weathered Oak and Minwax Dark Walnut)
  11. poly (I used Triple Thick Varathane)
  12. brushes

I have finally learned my lesson- make my list and have everything right on hand before I start!

Tutorial for building a collapsible, light but sturdy, live edge dining table by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

I clamped down my first board (the belt sander will send your board flying if not clamped) and then with my eye protection and gloves on (safety first), I started sanding away! I was cautious at first but quickly realized that I wanted there to be bigger notches so I spaced them out but just started making notches and then smoothing them out to blend with the wood. I also sanded down all the edges on the one side to be rounded.

Making notches on a live edge table, DIY, by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

Next up was the stain pretreat, which helps the board soak up the stain smoothly, and then the stain. Once that was dry, it was time for the poly. I am super paranoid about letting poly dry so I always follow the instructions to a tee and sometimes even give it a bit longer to make sure it’s hardened between coats.

I bought two trestle legs from Ikea for a whopping $15 and used scrap wood to build a ridge for them to slide into. This lets me take off the table top and move it whenever I need to and stack the trestle legs in the corner!

Trestle legs for dining table that can be easily moved, live edge table, a tutorial by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

Ikea trestle legs used on DIY live edge table top by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

The stain really helped the sanded details to stand out and I couldn’t be happier with my 6 seat table for a grand total of about $80!

Here she is through each holiday season this year!

DIY dining table, live edge table top tutorial by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

Tutorial for a wooden, sturdy, lightweight dining table top by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

And most recently the whole Dining Room got a final make-over with new seating and accessories that you can see here! Still functional for me to work in but it’s also a room I love!

How to build a live edge table top by Windgate Lane featured on @Remodelaholic

I hope y’all are having a wonderful day and thanks to Remodelaholic for featuring my thrifty table!

Bridget, thanks so much for visiting and sharing with us! 

Remodelaholics, see more of Bridget’s lovely home and style over at Windgate Lane — don’t miss her latest One Room Challenge master bedroom reveal

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Lorene has been behind the scenes here at Remodelaholic for more than a decade! She believes that planning projects and actually completing them are two different hobbies, but that doesn't stop her from planning at least a dozen projects at any given time. She spends her free time creating memories with her husband and 5 kids, traveling as far as she can afford, and partaking of books in any form available.

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