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Birch-Log Coffee Table

We love the look of birch. It's smooth, light in tone and texture, and easy to handle. For this project, 34 birch logs were used, each about 7-10cm in diameter.

What to do:
Step 1: Cut the plywood base to 84x61 cm, then build a plywood box measuring 196x46x41 cm. Cut two 69x41 cm and two 18x41 cm pieces for sides and one 69x46 cm piece for the top. Glue the box sides together, then screw. Center the box on the wood base, screwing through the box and into the base to secure.

Step 2: Cut logs to 46 cm using a miter saw. You can adjust the quantity based on the diameter of your logs. Bead wood glue along one side and on the bottom of each log. Secure the logs to the wood base and box as shown. For extra strength, screw through the wood box into each log.

Step 3: Top the box with the 69x46 cm piece of plywood you cut in Step 1. Screw the top to the box to secure it.

Step 4: Cut 2.5 cm wood rounds using a miter saw. Use wood glue to secure each round to the box top, aligning in rows as you glue.

Step 5: Spread grout over the logs with a grout float, smoothing between the edges of the logs. Wipe off extra grout with the float. Use a putty knife to scrape off grout to your desired appearance. Allow the grout to dry before continuing to Step 6.

Step 6: Attach feet to the base with screws. Position the casters 2.5 cm from the edge of the table. Finish by applying a coat of clear polyurethane to the wood.

What you need:
1. Birch logs cut 45 cm long
2. 122x244 cm sheet birch plywood
3. Wood glue
4. Wood screws
5. Grout
6. 10 cm casters
7. Clear polyurethane

Tools you need:
1. Circular saw
2. Miter saw
3. Cordless drill
4. Grout float
5. Putty knife

Estimated time needed: 1hour and 30 minutes plus drying

ref: www.bhg.com

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