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Old doors make great tables -- they're the right size and shape, and usually made of good solid wood instead of that hollow-core nonsense you find in houses today.  The only problem is finding a way to flush out the panels so the surface is continuous and flat.  I have seen tables that fill the panels with glass, or cut wood, but I decided to mess around with some concrete instead.  You can't use normal Quickcrete in such a thin-set application, but I found that some expansion or anchoring cement (such as Rockite) works pretty well.  Throw some modern, angled legs on it, and you've got a sexy little work or dining table.

I salvaged all the wood in this project, but screwed up the concrete bit, twice, so that cost a little bit.  Between screws, polyurethane, and concrete, it should run about seventy or eighty bucks.

You will need these materials:

An old panel door, preferably solid wood
4 3'-4' pieces of 2" x 6"
6 24" pieces of 2" x 4"
40-60 lbs of thin-set anchoring/expansion cement
1" drywall screws
3" drywall screws
Rags
Polyurethane

You will need these tools:

Circular saw
Drill
Impact driver
Sandpaper
Bucket
Grinder (optional for polishing concrete or grinding down if you over-fill)

First five photos by Mr. RaMell Ross (http://www.ramellross.com)
 
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I love this project. I am a ceramic artist and have a beautiful old oak door I found and am going to fill the panels where a mirror used to be with custom made crazy-quilt style tiles to make the surface level instead of concrete. I love the leg design though and will probably use your patterns. Thanks!
bg_askins2 years ago
love your projects mine is black with dyed concrete to match my foot stool
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tioshrek2 years ago
beautyfull!!
jmitch772 years ago
Glad I stumbled on this! What a great idea with the concrete or similar material. I have an old wooden garage door I am going to convert into a table or shelves or something. This is my inspiration! Thanks!
cory.smith3 years ago
Just a tip, if you put a comment box around another comment box in your photos, the interior one becomes impossible to view. You've got one of them on the third photo in step four.

What does the little comment say? I assume something about the screws being too long and creating those bumps?

Great intructable otherwise!

-Cory
wholman (author)  cory.smith3 years ago
Thanks for the heads up.

Yeah, it just says if your screws poke up too far hit the tips with a grinder or a dremel to get them down below the surface of the finished concrete.
chouf3 years ago
super idea, i love it too.
i'm just wondering, should one paint or coat the concrete with something or just leave it like that ?
wholman (author)  chouf3 years ago
If you look in the last step, I just sealed over the concrete with polyurethane like the rest of the table. There is a whole universe of specialized concrete sealers and coatings, but poly is simple and works fine for my rough purposes.
Cthulku3 years ago
That's a great looking table!


BTW, N95 particulate masks are widely available at safety supply places, and if you do enough grinding of any sort to own a hardcore angle grinder like the one pictured it would be a good investment. They're also pretty comfy too, especially compared to cartridge masks.
sheala993 years ago
great idea. might be fun to try a tile finish or tile mosaic in the panel fill ins.
EnigmaMax3 years ago
This is great, I love it.
l8nite3 years ago
I like projects like this, think of something and just try to accomplish it, even if it didn't turn out perfect you have a presentable and usable object that is a great conversation starter. I think that posting an "ible" like this and pointing out what worked and what didn't work so well shows others that its ok to just GO FOR IT !
Nice pics as well ^5