Make A Rustic End Table To Place In Your Fishing Cabin
If you would like to make a rustic end table that is constructed from a log to place in your fishing cabin to replace an old patio table, the following steps will teach you how to clean, sand, and stain the log. Once finished, apply a clear coat of varnish to the table's surface before placing the table inside of your cabin and using it to hold beverages, books, or other small odds and ends.
- measuring tape
- water hose
- scrub brush
- safety goggles
- sanding tables
- power sander
- hand sander
- lint-free cloth
- wood stain
- wooden mixing stick
- clear varnish
Clean And Sand A Log
Measure the height of the table that is currently in your fishing cabin. Visit a lumber yard to purchase a log that is about the same height as the table that is being replaced. Ask a staff person at the lumber shop to cut the log so that the top and bottom of it are even. Bring the log home and use a water hose to rinse dirt from the log's surface.
If there are stains on portions of the log, use soapy water and a standard scrub brush to treat them. Rinse the log off with water and wait for it to dry. Lift the log up and place it on a sanding table. Cover your eyes with a pair of safety goggles. Move a power sander or hand sander over rough portions of the wood. Use a lint-free cloth to wipe off the log's exterior.
Use A Paintbrush Or Rag To Apply Stain And Clear Varnish
Cover a workbench with a drop cloth and place the log on top of the cloth. Select a color of wood stain that will enhance the beauty of the log and that will blend in with other furnishings inside of the fishing cabin. After stirring stain for a minute or two, use a paintbrush or old rag to apply a coat of stain to the log's exterior. Move the brush or rag with the wood's grain.
If you would like the wood to have a rich, bold color, add a second coat of stain once the first coat has dried. Use a clean brush or rag to apply clear varnish over the stained surface. The varnish will provide the table with a glossy appearance and will preserve the color of the stain. Place the rustic table inside of your fishing cabin once the varnish has dried.