Faux Bois Fabulous Modern Night Stand
Bring the outdoors in with a stylish night stand table. Give it modern flair by finishing it in a punchy solid color.
- 15"-16" log slice, at least 1-1/2" thick
- sander and sandpaper
- dead branches, about 2"-3" in diameter
- table saw
- permanent marker
- wood glue
- clamps, at least 24" long
- 2-1/2" wood screws
- 3" wood screws
- wood putty
- white spray paint
Preparing the Tabletop
Choose the top side of the log slice and sand it until it is as smooth as possible (Image 1). Wipe away excess sawdust with a damp cloth. Fold one corner of a piece of paper over diagonally and make a crease on the diagonal line. Cut the resulting triangle out and open it up to reveal a square. Center the paper square on the bottom side of the log slice and make marks at each of the points (Image 2).
Preparing the Legs
Cut dead branches to the desired table height minus the thickness of the log slice (Image 1). Look for branches which have a split. The second branch will add personality and stability to the table. Branches are irregular so it will be necessary to imagine the angle at which they must be cut. Tip: to be on the safe side, make the pieces a few inches longer than you need and trim away the excess after you have checked the fit against the log slice. Clean and sand branches as necessary and remove any sawdust with a damp cloth.
Using the previous marks on the bottom of the log slice as a guide, place the legs against the bottom of the log slice and outline where they meet (Image 2). Draw a small line on the log slice and connect it to a small line on the branch to be able to line them up correctly when you are ready to attach. If it helps, number the outline on the log slice and the branch to make it easier to match them up.
Attaching the Legs
Drill a hole through the log slice inside the outlines (Image 1). If the branch you are using has a split, drill a hole in each of the two outline circles. If there is just a single connection, drill two holes in the outline. Apply a generous amount of wood glue to the outline (Image 2). Add the corresponding branch and then clamp it in place. Add wood screws from the top side of the log slice into the branch (Image 3). For longer, straighter parts of the branch use 3” wood screws. For shorter, angled parts of the branch use 2” or 2-1/2” wood screws.
Finishing the Table
Sink the screws slightly and fill with wood putty (Image 1). Allow wood glue and putty to dry completely before proceeding.
Sand away excess wood putty. Spray paint as desired (Image 2). Use at least two coats to ensure complete coverage.