We wanted to have a heavy rustic wooden table, with only two or three pieces of wood glued together. This style fits our house and other furniture very well, but it’s hard to find in stores and it gets very expensive. And we wanted to have something unique that we’ve made ourselves!
It’s from and old dead elm tree that grew nearby, and was cut down 15-20 years ago
Dimensions (glued together): 1230x710x40 mm
Linseed oil paint:
Ottosson Titan-Zink White, 10 cl
Ottosson 1A-4950 Iron Oxide Black, 10 cl
Handcrafted brush for linseed oil paint
Furniture wax (I used an uncolored one consisting of linseed oil, carnauba wax, and beeswax)
Elm coffee table instructions:
Disassemble the MARKÖR coffee table fully, even the metal plates to hold the table top together.
Apply the paint removal to the lacquered and stained pieces (legs, frame, drawer). Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Remove the paint (again, according to the paint removal instructions).
Sand the previously painted pieces, starting at grit 60 and going gradually up to 240.
(Optional) Apply a barrier color or twig varnish to stop resin from leaking through or discoloring the finish.
I didn’t do this, partly because of the age of the wood but also because I’m using such a dark color.
If you’re using a brighter linseed oil paint color, I recommend using a twig varnish.
Mix the black and white paints to a blend you like (I used about 2 parts black and 1 part white) in a resealable container.
Apply the linseed oil paint to all leg and frame pieces of wood.
Follow the instructions of the particular linseed oil paint manufacturer.
With Ottosson, you normally do 3 applications, but I had some bleed from the twigs so I applied it a few times extra.
You can put the brush in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer between applications, no brush cleaning required inbetween!
The tricky part: the table top
I contacted a nearby saw mill and found the two pieces of elm there. They helped me plane, cut, and glue together the pieces according to the dimensions we asked for. We asked for a slightly longer and wider table top (60mm wider than the frame both in width and length). This makes it look more balanced as we used a thicker top than the original (40mm instead of 20mm).
These pieces are mirrored, making it a beautiful joint piece of wood.
You could use other kinds of wood, like oak, cherry, walnut, or something else with an interesting grain pattern.
Sand the table top up to grit 240.
Apply one layer of furniture wax to the entire table top (sides and bottom, too). I applied using a sponge and wiped off excess wax with a cotton cloth.
Use the metal plates from the MARKÖR to keep the table top stable:
Measure and drill holes on the bottom side of your new table top (make sure to not drill through!)
Mount the metal plates.
Apply two more coats of wax on the top.
My pieces had some small holes and irregularities but it doesn’t matter much, the wax keeps it protected.
Polish with the wax to get a nice surface.
Reassemble the MARKÖR frame and legs once the paint is dry and hardened.
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