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A couple years ago we replaced our old heavy wooden garage door with a lightweight aluminum door.  I hung onto the panels since they were made with high quality pine wood and marine grade plywood.  I turned one of the panels into a workbench in my garage, and 2 others were reserved for a new dining room table.  Thanks to the furniture contest, I finally took the time to make the table.  

I tossed around several ideas on how to fill the recessed pockets of the door sections.  The first thought was to fill them with concrete and grind and polish the surface much like a concrete countertop.  However, if I did that, it would cover up most of the beautiful wood grain.  So I decided on a clear epoxy.  Because of this decision, I found out HOW MUCH epoxy is required to fill the recesses and cover an entire 48" x 83" table top, and also just how expensive it is!  Sometimes, finding the right solution to upcycle materials will cost you more money than just buying new ones, but where is the fun in that!?  I don't think you could ever buy a table made from a garage door at the mega furniture stores.

 
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beejay3 days ago

Wouldn't it have been easier to put a glass top on it, probably cheaper, too? We did that with an old pocket door from a Queen Anne in San Francisco. You can display small things, or pictures or whatever in the low spaces. It's always good to see someone saving something instead of throwing it away. Good instructable!

jmitch77 (author)  beejay3 days ago

Thanks for the compliment! Yes, it would have been easier to use glass however, the look would have been completely different. With glass, you would have to make sure you had the right type (which I don't know what type that is), as dropping anything on it over one of the pockets could break it. I've seen doors finished with glass, but that wasn't the look I was going for on this table. I actually thought about putting objects in the epoxy while I was pouring it, but they would have been permanently embedded, so couldn't be changed if needed.

lhs_pt_br1 month ago

Beautiful job! I try here in Brasil ;D

hamsammy1 year ago
Thank goodness you 'put a bird on it', it really makes the table unique :)

The table looks beautiful. I'm searching for different leg options for a table project I'm working on using an upright piano sound board with a glass top as a basis. This has inspired me for sure.
jmitch77 (author)  hamsammy1 year ago
Thanks! Glad I could be an inspiration.

~He's making furniture now...~
kboyle1 year ago
very beautiful ! love the colors and the use of epoxy !
HollyMann1 year ago
It looks beautiful!!!
jmitch77 (author)  HollyMann1 year ago
Thank you!
That's gorgeous! You did a fabulous job. I'd love to have one just like it, if only I had the space and the garage door.
jmitch77 (author)  AvonelleRed1 year ago
Thanks! Yes it does take a lot more space than our old one, but it is worth it! :)
MrTaco571 year ago
Hey I voted for u can u return the favor and vote for m K'nex gun in the make it to learn youth contest thx and plz vote for me cause I voted for u
jmitch77 (author)  MrTaco571 year ago
Thanks for the vote! Voting isn't a trade agreement. If you followed the contest guidelines and it is a good instructable, then it is worthy of a vote.
I feel like it shouldn't be a favor to vote for someone, don't you?
Tinker L1 year ago
Now I NEED an old garage door! Wait, must check to see what people doors we have stored in the pole building. Thanks, I needed another project. ;-{
That's a seriously stunning table and I was happy to vote for it.
jmitch77 (author)  Tinker L1 year ago
Thank you!
joaodap1 year ago
Lindo... So Beautiful. Nice work.
jmitch77 (author)  joaodap1 year ago
Thank you!
iamgale1 year ago
It's gorgeous!
jmitch77 (author)  iamgale1 year ago
Thank you!
Nice Work !!!
jmitch77 (author)  deerslayer2391 year ago
Thanks!
chuckyd1 year ago
I think you could have done with 1-bys throughout for the framing if you had made a torsion box. I agree with using mechanical fasteners for the painted wood, and with a torsion box you could have glued everything else. The bottom of the torsion box would seal up the paint and you could have removed ALL the paint around the edges with a planer or chemical removers.

Still, it looks good on top.
OOPS! Sorry about the previous post! You've got the torch down pat here. Being rather lazy but loving stuff like this, would it have been cheaper to have class cut to cover the entire top of the table? Our local glass store sells "reclaimed" 1/4" storefront glass very reasonably for large areas like a table including cutting and polishing the edges.
jmitch77 (author)  CrystalDyes1 year ago
I didn't think about checking the glass store for reclaimed glass....good idea! It would be a whole lot cheaper than buying it new I would imagine!?
LEMEMBRE1 year ago
very nice work, but now my wife saw I have to make one for her.
jmitch77 (author)  LEMEMBRE1 year ago
Thanks! It's worth it to make your other half happy! Good luck!
Oh! Fabulous idea!
I have an unfinished wood bifold segment that would make a great desk/sewing table.
Thank you for the inspiration.
jmitch77 (author)  grannyjones1 year ago
Thank you! It is quite a conversation piece if nothing else!
ibwebb1 year ago
Rather fantastic in my opinion! I would LOVE to make one of these and thinking that I know a few people talking about replacing garage doors this Spring.. I just hope they have wooden garage doors. lol! You got my vote on this one and also my interest peeked on doing/trying this. Congratulations on a beautiful table that you should be very proud of, but now you have to get more garage doors to make chairs out of don't you? JK.
jmitch77 (author)  ibwebb1 year ago
Thank you!
fire18881 year ago
Beautiful job! How did you keep the epoxy from running off the top if you didn't use a barrier of some sort? It would seem that the table would have to be perfectly level.
A MAPP torch flame run over the liquid epoxy will cause the bubble to disappear. Don't hold too long in one place tho! You can find info on this thru the DIY Channel online.
Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
Good God, man! Great work. Lots to read, see and be inspired by. Thank you!
oneline1801 year ago
Awesome. Simply Awesome.

Now I want to make one of these, but maybe a coffee table instead, aha!
jmitch77 (author)  oneline1801 year ago
Thank you! One half section would make a perfect coffee table!
amychupp1 year ago
Great job! Would have never thought to do this. Thanks for the inspiration!
jmitch77 (author)  amychupp1 year ago
Thanks Amy! Welcome to Instructables! :)
I wish I HAD one of these!
jmitch77 (author)  jeweleeann821 year ago
I believe you DO! :)
Arghus1 year ago
Stunning
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