Anyone interested in table legs made from books?

I made this table for the art section where I work, and I'm mostly just wanting to show it off because it took forever and I think it turned out pretty well. But I'm also wondering if anyone would like to see how I did it before I get involved in another big project, haha. I was really stupid and didn't take pictures the first time. :) (The weird sign on top of it is basically explaining that it is sturdy even though it's a little wobbly just because of the fact that it's made out of Reader's Digest Condensed volumes. :P)

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I was all ready to be shocked and outraged at the desecration of **BOOKS!** Then I noticed it's Reader's Digest condensed volumes. Ho Hum.. Carry on. How about bolting the books together to an MDF plate on the top of the stack, then gluing on another piece of MDF with a hole - effectively sinking the bolt flush - then the assembled leg could be screwed to the underside of the tabletop.
We had those for years, my dad made them from bad books with nice covers, to a hole bit on a drill and did them seperately to make it look really precarious and slid the most ricidulously large bolt possible through them, they're great, strong and sturdy. We have a massive old ledger that's never been used, it's big enough to be a coffee table top.
jessyratfink (author) 9 years ago
UPDATE #2 - Updated with pictures of a car coming into the art section of the bookstore I work at and hitting my table with gigantic wood shelves and an avalanche of books. :P
That sucks. At least the table survived.
joojoobeans9 years ago
Can you please post the step-by-step instructions on making that, as well as the materials needed? It's amazing, and I would like to at least try :)
jessyratfink (author)  joojoobeans9 years ago
jessyratfink (author)  joojoobeans9 years ago
I'll try to draw this up tonight, actually. I've been too long in posting it up. :) And don't worry... it's pretty easy to do, just takes a LOT of time drilling 50-60 books, hahaha. And that's not as fun as it sounds!
zachninme10 years ago
Whats on the top?
(Just to be clear, I mean what is the tabletop made of, not the sign :P)
jessyratfink (author)  zachninme10 years ago
The tabletop is primed MDF, and I put plexiglass on the top of it. I tiled the top with old gift cards, and I didn't want people pulling them off - and I knew they would even though I used liquid nails. :P
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