Step 8: Apply a Protective Top Coat

applying the top coat to a newly finished coffee table
Photo: Ryan Benyi
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To help seal the wood and impart a soft matte sheen, rub on a natural wax-based conditioner. Reapply periodically to prevent drying and keep the table looking its best.
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    Tools List

    • cat's paw pry bar
      Cat's paw pry bar
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • Pencil
    • adjustable clamp
      Clamps
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • circular saw
      Circular saw

    Shopping List

    Small salvaged door

    Prefab steel legs;
    Rustic Living on Etsy

    Tongue-and-groove floorboards
    for the shelf

    ¾-inch wood screws

    ½-inch wood screws

    Wax-based wood conditioner