Sometimes you have an idea for a coffee table that is impossible to find the perfect pieces for. We wanted to create a table from a hollowed out log. A flat glass top with a meandering interior was exactly the mix of perfect imperfection we were looking for. However, the right log would have taken forever to find. Instead, we took that look into our own hands.
Start by cutting twenty 28" long 1x10 pieces of oak. Then free-hand trace a hollow void on it. Once this template is cut, we will use it to trace the next piece inside the original line. Because each successive piece is traced from the previous, the shape of the hollow will meander over the length of the table and create the natural look we are going for. Next, cut each piece out with a jig saw and sharp wood blade.
Drill one 5/16" hole in each corner 1-1/4" from the edge for the threaded rod. Using an orbital sander, smooth all edges with 220-grit sandpaper. To emulate the look of a natural fire or rot-induced hollow, use a pencil-tipped propane torch to lightly char the interior edge on each board.
Using 1-1/2" long steel stand-offs, space each board while passing a 1/4" threaded rod through them all. On the end boards, recess a 1/2" deep pocket using a 3/4" forstner bit. Then tighten nuts on washers and pull all the boards together tightly against the interior stand-off spacers. Cut the threaded rod flush with each nut. Finally, apply eight of the stand off caps over the nuts for a flush look.
Set the assembled table on the base and attach with concealed 15-gauge finish nails or pocket screws. Then put one 1/2" silicon bumper on each corner and set a 32" x 48" x 1/4" piece of tempered glass on top. This one-of-a-kind coffee table can be completed in one day. With your DIY skills it will also cost much less than a custom-ordered piece.