We made a beam sofa table:). Things have been pretty crazy here now that school has started but one thing Jason and I have talked about making is a sofa table for our family room. Although we have had a table or chest behind our sofa we wanted something that was taller and could run the length of the sofa (because nothing but dust and lost toys hung back there anyway:).
Beam Sofa Table DIY
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Soon after we moved in our house a friend told us about some beams at his work that they wanted to get rid of and asked if we would want them. Jason almost never says no to free wood he can make furniture with so they have been sitting in our garage. A few months ago we decided to make some benches with a couple of the beams for our fire pit area. You can see those beam benches here. After making the benches we decided that we could probably make the sofa table a similar way.
This sofa table was super easy to make with the exception of the weight of the beams. I have no idea what these beams were originally used for but we are pretty certain the some are made of oak because we can barely lift them:). Our couch is roughly 9 feet and the beam we chose is 8 1/2 feet long.
Jason measured out how high the table needed to be and chain sawed a smaller beam into 2 18″ sections. These cuts were pretty hard to make because of the size of the beams and how hard the wood is. His chainsaw blade got heated up pretty quick so he had to take quite a few breaks in between cutting the beams. This is the chainsaw we have,
Poulan Pro PP5020AV 20-Inch 50cc 2 Stroke Gas Powered Chain Saw With Carrying Case
I then sanded the legs and the top with our orbital sander. This is the orbital sander we use,
(DEWALT D26451K Corded 3 Amp 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander with Cloth Dust Bag)
We decided to keep the sanding a bit rough to go with our coffee table in the family room.
Isn’t that a beautiful piece of wood? Next I polyurethane d the top.
We then carried it in ( I am not sure how I was able to pick up the top but by some miracle we did it! Next we put it together.
Jason added some L brackets to the top and legs to help keep it together. I will definitely plan on spray painting them black if we ever decide to move the beam sofa table more into the room.
It’s a shame the table is mostly hidden by the couch but I love how perfectly it fits in the room. I love the look of the couch with the plants behind it.
The size and placement of the sofa table is perfect for my plants and seasonal decor and drinks or food that we can keep off the coffee table where Moose (our labradoodle) would easily knock them over and eat. Now I am not saying he cant get them on the sofa table it just makes it a little harder for him when we have our nighttime dessert after the kids are in bed.:).
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