How to Make a Live-Edge Table

Invite the outdoors into your home with this super-simple live-edge wood slab table. Perfect for an eclectic feel, this DIY project combines wood and hairpin legs.
Live edge table

With woodland decor and farmhouse style gaining popularity, the more natural elements you bring into your home, the better. This live-edge wood side table is no exception. Its cool, raw vibe looks great in almost any setting and is sure to be a conversation starter.

Make a DIY live-edge table with hairpin legs and a few other basic materials. We've broken the process down to two steps, and the end result is a boho piece where nature and metal meet. 

  • Working Time 30 Minutes
  • Start to Finish 1 Day
  • Difficulty         Select Projects Easy
  • Involves Staining/sealing, Sanding, Power tools , Drilling

What you need

Tools

  • 120- to 220-grit sandpaper
  • Tack cloth or rag
  • Paintbrush
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill and drill bit

Materials

  • Live-edge wood slice
  • Polyurethane
  • Hairpin legs, hardware included (x3)

How to do it

Step 1 Prep Wood Surface

To get a smooth table surface, prepare the live-edge wood by lightly sanding the top. Be careful not to disturb the natural bark finish, but remove sharp spots or potential splinters. Depending on the original cut, the sanding process could be lengthy to get a super-smooth finish. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove debris, then use a paintbrush to apply a coat of clear polyurethane per manufacturer's directions.

Step 2 Attach Legs

Space the legs equidistant from each other on the underside of the tabletop and mark the placement of the screw holes with a pencil. To avoid splitting the wood, watch for cracks or knots in the wood and position the legs so you don't need to drill in those spots. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than your screws to create pilot holes per your marks; use provided screws to attach the legs to the wood slice. 

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