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Now that the skirt is complete, flip the table over and unscrew the 2" wood strips. Cut the top to the desired length with a circular saw (This project was 72" long by 33-1/2" wide, which allowed for a 3-1/2" overhang on all sides from the skirt).
If you’re going for an "old world" feel with the table, distressing it will give it a great look. Try using various sharp implements that will make random holes and marks on the table, then follow it up with a torch for a charred look.
Mortise the area where the iron bands will fit by making a shallow cut with a circular saw that will be the outline of the bands. Go back with a router and remove the rest of the inlay area.
Bend the ends of the iron bands with locking pliers so they will hug the edges of the tabletop.
Carefully slip the iron pieces on using a hammer and block, gradually pushing it toward the center of the table until it reaches the routed area. Attach them with four carriage bolts.
Now it’s time for finishing touches. Seal the table, sand it down and stain it. Be sure to cover the iron with tape while staining to protect it.