Instructables

Coffee Table/Storage Box From Reclaimed Wood

Featured
Picture of Coffee Table/Storage Box From Reclaimed Wood
This project was made of 100% reclaimed materials (except the finishing nails)

A brief back story.
  My sister and brother-in-law moved to a new home recently and had removed the pine wainscoting from their old house before putting it on the market.
  I gathered as much of the wood as my little station wagon would hold and dragged it home, not quite sure what I was going to do with it but I hate to see good materials being thrown out and love to re-purpose stuff.

  As a sidebar, I am not an accomplished carpenter by any stretch of the imagination, (I know just enough to get me in trouble) I can visualize things in my head but building them out of wood is not my strong suit. 
Give me an old computer, stereo, cell phone (or other electronics), or a gas engine that doesn't run and I can work miracles, but when it comes to wood I'm a jack knife carpenter at best. (I'm not the greatest photographer either.)

 I say this so that hopefully you'll be kind in your comments (if any) and not point out the imperfections of my project.
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Materials

Picture of Materials
  For the project I used over 50 pieces of wainscoting that were originally 36" long, I cut them down to 18" to remove most of the blemishes and knot holes.

I re-used the outside corner moldings to trim the edges of the box and lid.

The inside frames are made of 2" X 1/2" strapping from other reclaimed lumber I had laying around.

16 2" wood screws - pre drill holes in strapping to prevent splitting
rolfy121 year ago
Looks great!
Nice job.
I love to see timber reused rather than burned or ending up in a landfill after being used just once, many of my own 'ibles are about using salvaged or reclaimed timber including a table made from an old blanket box & some fifty odd year old floorboards which we use just as you do for storing games.
The only thing I would alter is the carpet stapled to the bottom, I would have used an adhesive to fix it rather than staples, mainly because I would be concerned about the carpet compressing & the staples causing the very scratches you want to avoid.
I hope you post more of your projects using re-purposed materials.

Thank you for your comment, I do plan on getting some furniture sliders for it. The carpet is just a temp fix till I can get to the hardware store. Cheers.