We have been wanting a coffee table for our den since we moved in, but could never find anything that fit in our price range and really did not ever find one that we liked. So I found the Tyde Coffee Table on Knock Off Wood and we both liked the design of it, so figured I would give it a go.
The materials needed were pretty basic, 4x4, 2x4 & 1x1's, 2x6 for the ends or aprons; and the cuts were not difficult at all. Assembly was fairly easy, hardest part was making sure you cut the center boards all the same length so everything lines up and there are no gaps in between.
Once it was assembled, I "distressed" the whole thing by strategically beating it with a chain. One tip I picked up pretty quick; wear some thick gloves, my finger is still sore from a chain backlash, and it has been a month!
After pre-conditioning the wood (didn't know there was such a thing) I started the staining process. This was the first thing I have ever stained, but it turned out ok. I put on 3-4 coats, allowing it to dry for at least 24 hours in between. The trickiest part was doing the underside, I waited until I had a couple coats on the top portions, then flipped it over and just put 1 coat underneath, but by that time you need another person to help you flip it over since it is a pretty sturdy table.
We think it turned out really well, there are a couple of things I will do different next time; right now there are 1x1's supporting underneath, and since I have the Kreg Jig, will be able to fewer, if any, 1x1's and just attach the 2x4's to themself, will also eliminate any gaps. But for now, it looks great in the den and another project completed.