Step 3: You're Ready to Drill the Tops and Bottoms of the Legs!

Put on your safety goggles and head outside to a nice flat area. This is really the trickiest part - the rest it just a little tedious. :D

You're going to want to pick four-eight books to be the bottoms/tops of the legs. Doing both the top and the bottom in the way I'm about to describe will ensure your books are nicely compacted on the rod and make it easier to attach the legs to the table top.

I used milk crates as a drilling station, but you can also use two other books with a gap between them. (Image #1).

I didn't measure the exact middle of the books, I just estimated. I feel this makes the legs more interesting to look at, but if you're feeling extra particular feel free to mark the very middle of the book. :)

Now, follow the instructions in Image #2 to drill the books for the tops and bottoms of the legs!
<p>I know this post is several years old, however, I wanted to share with you a table I made from your instructions. The table is wobbly, and I will add legs to make it more stable. But as stands right now, it's awesome and the students in the library can't stop talking about it. I'm a teacher at a high school in Western New York and as part of a service day project, several students and I built this table. The books were going to be thrown away, the maintenance crew had a sheet of plywood laying around, a glass company down the street donated the plexiglass. I had to buy a few pieces with my own money, but the enthusiasm pride of the kids were priceless. Thank you for the instructions and keep up the good work!</p>
<p>This looks so cool. Everyone would want a table made up of old books. You won't need to throw them away now. I always liked upcycling old books. Have a look at this book of Books for more ideas by Altered Upcycling. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Book-Books-Projects-beautiful-ornaments-ebook/dp/B00MGJADUK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1407385936&sr=8-5&keywords=mahe+zehra" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/Book-Books-Projects-beautiful-ornaments-ebook/dp/B00MGJADUK/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407385936&amp;sr=8-5&amp;keywords=mahe+zehra</a>. You can even sign up on their website for free ebooks!</p>
weird how u crashed the car. <br>
You'd might be able to build a second table from those broken books :( poor things<br>I love your idea! I can imagine a smaller side-table with a single centerd leg <br>If i ever come to make one I will send you a photo <br>Thanks for sharing!<br>
I love this idea!&nbsp;Do you think you could make a side table version using just one leg? Or would it be too top heavy?
How much the table weight ? Is it easy to move ? <br/>Very good idea by the way, absolutely love it. Its really a nice way to re-use old book that people want to put in trash. Thank you <sup>_</sup><br/>
It's quite heavy. It normally takes a couple people to move it. I'm bad as estimates, though. :P And thanks!
Say I didn't want to paint them a color, do you think just a few coats of polyurethane would seal it well enough to keep buggies out of the pages?
That should work really well. I was planning to do that at first, but the books I ended up using were hideous. :P
Ah! My buddy crashed on my futon (literally...fell on top of it) and broke the crappy particleboard frame in one corner. I improvised and stacked a bunch of bibles and classic novels under that corner until I got around to making a new frame. Was thinking about making an 'ible on it, seems you beat me to it lol
Pretty neat looking. Projects that mutilate books always leave me with a bit of a <em>funny</em> feeling, though. Maybe cause Mom was a librarian...<br/>
Heh, should see the new addition to the public library downhere. To jazz it up for all the cool kids, they created the &quot;Teen Space&quot;. They added a 42&quot; Plasma TV, funny lighting, exposed concrete ceiling, a wall made out of street signs (with the &quot;CAMERA OPERATING IN THIS AREA&quot; sign carefully worked it), and to finish it all off, they made a wall of books by bolting them together.<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://dunedinpubliclibraries.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/teenspace-opens-at-city-library/">http://dunedinpubliclibraries.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/teenspace-opens-at-city-library/</a><br/><br/>Bookwall in background of image.<br/>
I understand that feeling, but when I use books for art projects I use those that people are getting rid of anyway, like at garage sales, Goodwill, etc. If someone doesn't buy them they go to the trash. Also, I'm just re-purposing the books for a new use! I actually made my first altered book a few years ago once I got over the idea of writing in a book! All kinds of altered books are really popular now and they are even in museums and galleries now. Recently I bought some shaped books online. This woman cuts them with a saw to make shapes from a cat to wings to a face and all kinds of other things-very cool! I just love this table project but I like keeping the books different colors for variety. I really love the table top!
Reader's Digest don't count as book as far as I'm concerned. ;) But I do understand what you're saying otherwise. I am quite particular about my library!
I guess this would be taking the "folded up paper" under the uneven table leg to it's logical extreme. Cool table.
Heh, last step. :D
This is a great idea! A bar I know has some columns made of books, but they have quite boring tables compared to this :) By the way, you have really cool handwriting...
comment me when you add the picture...so i know it's up =]<br/>
Crash pictures are up, sir! :D
Oh geez!
I completely forgot them today. It was a sale day at work and I was running around all day like a chicken with my head cut off. :P I will try again on Tuesday. :)
Well no wonder! If you had operated like a person you would have accomplished everything much quicker, and would have had time for leisure activities (like providing pleasing aesthetics for my viewing pleasure).
Hahaha, awesome!<br/>Easy and simple. Great job!<br/>+1 rating.<br/><br/><sub>Still waiting for the plushie...</sub><br/>
I know. I'm making a greenhouse today, but while it's drying/curing/whatever, I'll probably be working on a how to sew instructable which will be followed by the plushie! I promise. :D
Neat! Interesting fact about the book club vs. publisher's edition spine difference. Did you use a regular drill bit or a spade bit to holify the books? I'm thinking that a spade bit, or even a fancy brad point bit, might make book-drilling less of a chore. I dunno. I have a mess of Reader's Digest Condensed that I've been wondering what to do with ('cuz I sure ain't gonna read 'em). Do you know if they're just shortened, or bowdlerized as well? Perhaps I'll sacrifice a few as test drilling subjects...
I used a regular bit, though a spade bit would have been very nice to have!
You can sometimes get semi-decent spade bits in those sets of 38 drill bits in a plastic case, with a name like "Trademaster" or "Job-Mate", or some such.
Sweet, perfect table for reading on!
Wait - didn't you post this a while ago? I could have sworn I'd already seen this somewhere...
Yes, she made a forum topic about. I think it was last year.
Correct! This is just the follow-up. :)
Ah, good to know I'm not crazy! ;) Deja vu all over again...
I would SO try this if i had enough books. +1
Nice idea! I have seen these before, but not with the rod Crash pics please!
I don't know how they'd work without the rod. Just seems scary to me. :P And crash pictures will be coming. If I can't find the CD tonight I will get them at work tomorrow!
you could soak them in water and elmers mixed together, and clamp them shut while they are drying- they'd be like bricks. Then glue them together
can't wait to see them!

About This Instructable




Bio: part of the Instructables Design Studio by day, stitch witch by night. follow me on instagram @makingjiggy to see what i'm working on! ^_^
More by jessyratfink:How to Adjust to High Altitudes  Embroidered Flowers With French Knot Centers no chill sugar cookie recipe 
Add instructable to: