My current apartment, a pre-war building in Chicago, has hardwood floors.  I don't know how old they are, but they have certainly borne many years of use.  Recently confronted with a stack of salvaged oak flooring, I put two and two together: a coffee table that lifted the floor up, transposing the surface into a new form.  The floor boards were laminated into a solid piece, taking advantage of their tongue-and-groove construction, then mounted to a modern, X-shaped base that would stabilize the top and support plenty of weight.  The top was cleaned and re-coated with a hard-wearing polyurethane, and the old-growth base was hand-rubbed with linseed oil for a glowing, penetrating finish.  Quick and lightweight, this recycled table is at home on hardwood or concrete.  As long as the wood is salvaged, the materials will cost only a few dollars -- a little finish, a few dollops of glue, and a handful of screws.  

You will need these materials:

Approx. 40' x 3/4" recycled oak or maple floorboards
Approx. 13' x 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" yellow pine or similar
20 1-1/2" drywall screws
Dowel scraps for screw plugs
100-grit sandpaper
Boiled linseed oil
Polyurethane glue
Wood glue

You will need these tools:

Table saw or circular saw
Chop saw
Drill/driver and assorted bits
5-6 3' pipe or bar clamps
3-4 1' bar clamps
Hand plane
Angle finder
Orbital or belt sander
Plug cutter (optional)
DIY at its finest
JohnsonJ3 years ago
Very well done!
Shanti Mama3 years ago
I have two tables that are similar to this, except that the legs fold up and they have laminate tops. We use them both as TV tables and for longer term purposes, when/where needed. Of course, they're missing the beautiful joint work, but the look is the same and they're so versatile.
Rich993 years ago
good looking table!
steelchef3 years ago
Curious about your choice of saw blades. I recently burned the motor out of a relatively new table saw while cutting hardwood. The manufacturer said I was using inapproproprite blades, (16 tooth carbide.)
the manufacturer gave you some b.s., unless you were severely trying to cut too fast, for too long. slow and steady wins the race.

16 teeth sounds too few. my 10" saw uses an 80 tooth blade... the more, the smoother the cut.

what type and size saw are you using?
Kozz3 years ago
I logged in just to tell you how beautiful this table was in its simplicity. Love the joint work, etc. I know nothing of woodworking, but things like this encourage me!
rimar20003 years ago
Very good work. It looks enough strong, but in case I would make four wood reinforces, one for each leg, at the angle. Think of children...
ciciar3 years ago
Simple and beautiful. I have a lot of old pine wood from a floor and your work give me inspiration for use it. I think all your instructables are very well designed. I like all of them. Thank you for publish them.
Beautiful table!
How pretty! I need one of these.