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How to Make a Glowing Coffee Table from a Recycled Drum

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This project really is one of my favorites. It didn't take a lot of time or money and looks great. The table looks like it was custom made by a professional, but really only requires some simple electrical work. It is the perfect size coffee table for the space.

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We had an extra, cheap drum laying around and didn't mind if it got messed up so I thought I would play around with it.  At first I thought we would throw a coat of paint on it, top it with the glass from an old patio set we had, and call it good.  My plans changed after I tore into it.

I have included a picture a picture of a drum almost identical to the one we started with.

Step 1: Remove all the hard ware

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Planning on a quick coat of paint I started removing all of the hardware.  To remove these top bolts you can use a drum wing key or a just a pair of strong hands.

Since my wife wasn't around busy I used a wing key.

There were a lot of screws. Whenever I am taking something apart that has lots of pieces, I like to put screws back in the hardware so I don't lose them or get the pieces mixed up.


 
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Vinsu2 years ago
Creative and decorative, very good job!
jkoznek2 years ago
Adding those lights that emulate candle lights would look really cool in there. That or lights that change color gradually
timpaslay (author)  jkoznek2 years ago
I think either option would look slick.
Carleyy2 years ago
Really great, i love how this turned out!!
Yay! I'm so excited you broke it down into steps. Such a gorgeous project. :)