I wanted a cool, unique coffee table for my house, but couldn't find anything that I liked in my price range. My goal for this project was to keep costs to a minimum and keep the structural design fairly simple, but ultimately wanted a fun project and conversational piece. I was inspired by old Ouija Board designs, which had wonderful curved typefaces and intricate illustrations. This was a fun project and cost me around $120 to complete, and requires only basic tools.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

The table structure is very basic, I tried to use readily available sizes of wood that would require little to no cutting. I chose stain-grade pine for my table, but other types and sizes could be substituted.


5/4" x 24" x 48" Pine panel (1)
21 1/4" Pine table legs (4)
3/4" x 3 1/2" x 96" Pine boards (2)
1 1/2" Screws (1 box) - Or glue, dowels, biscuits, etc.
0000 Fine steel wool
Mason jar
Several brushes or rags
Sand paper (coarse, medium, and fine)
Acrylic Gel Medium (available at art supply stores)
Water-based Polyurethane

Miter saw (Or hand saw, table saw, etc.)
Drill/screw driver
Access to laser printer
Computer with image editing software
Exacto knife or scissors
Brayer, roller or spoon

Other helpful tools (not required):
Power sander
Light table
Pocket hole jig
<p>Only things I don't like is that there is no image to print out and the three sixes on the planchette. You need to point us to the graphics file for Photoshop., otherwise, cool. Thanks</p>
<p>Thank you so much for this clear, easy-to-follow project. I had a coffee table that needed a new life, and it was a blast transforming it. I've ordered some planchette coasters and I can't wait to feature it in my apartment. Thanks again!</p>
<p>Special Thanks for this design. I did some adaptations and also made it into a drawing table with storage inside. </p>
Was an amazing project to work on... And quite the test of patience with the image transfer process haha. Thanks for the inspiration!
<p>Thanks so much for the use of the file and the tutorial. It was a blast to make and is the highlight of my cave!</p>
<p>Could someone please help me to find the file so I could print it?</p>
<p>Great job! I build a lot of tables this way. I have been fascinated with transfering images to wood. I'm going to give it a try soon! Nice Instructable!</p>
Purpletheory,could i buy a duplicate table from u.my wife is just obsessed with ur table
<p>Yep, same with us. I would be willing to make it by myself if I just could find someone who has the print for the table!</p>
<p>Just wondering if anyone has Nefariocs design as a printable file because I couldn't reach him personally?</p>
are you willing to sell a full size copy of your design? I don't have access to that type of printer
<p>hope you do sell a copy of this , Do you ?</p>
Would you be willing to sell one of those prints? Love the design
Looks amazing! I've stayed it but i have a few questions. Is they're a special kind of paper used for the printing? I have my steel wool sitting in distilled vinegar, would that still work?
Hey thanks for this tutorial, does the table surface have to be stained? Or could this work on a painted (gloss) surface?<br>Thanks
<p>Fantastic tutorial! I'm working on mine now, can't wait to see the final product! I found this though, he's selling your work :( http://www.collectivevisiondesign.com/home/delaware-art-design-custom-coffee-tables</p>
<p>Dang, that bums me out, bad karma! Thanks for letting me know, and thank you for the kind words, hope your table turns out great!</p>
<p>Just wanted to pay you the respect you deserve for such a large contribution to this table I finished.</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=698590543517475&set=a.698594383517091&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xta1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10245300_698590543517475_975079544089455052_n.jpg%3Foh%3D44f5cb3498f2c09d4fc34be850f9809d%26oe%3D55DE63A3&size=960%2C720" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=6985905435...</a></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=698590440184152&set=a.698594383517091&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F1926722_698590440184152_2785161465969796027_n.jpg%3Foh%3D0bcb4bee63f828bea96079a9625305e4%26oe%3D55A317A1&size=960%2C720" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=6985904401...</a></p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=698590556850807&set=a.698594383517091&type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xfa1%2Fv%2Ft1.0-9%2F10154215_698590556850807_4361899960412552742_n.jpg%3Foh%3Df3939824022228fcfd257b14ceeaec6d%26oe%3D55A30F7B&size=960%2C720" rel="nofollow">https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=6985905568...</a></p>
<p>Whoa, turned out great! Well done, I like that cool shape!</p>
<p>I have since added a clear coat bar top resin epoxy abotu 1/4 of an inch thick....it looks amazing!</p>
I finally finished my table ! This thing is pretty eff'n sweet ! I have to thank Necarioc for his Amazing design . It was awesome for him to give me his file . Purpletheory's instructions were perfect .. Although I will say the transfer was definitely a test in patience !!! It takes a long time when you have fine details and you want to make sure you don't peel them up. Anyways thanks ! This was fun and everyone loves it .
What type of paper did you use???
Great table/graphics! I was wondering what font you used for this project? Sorry if you answered this before ;o)
Thanks man! The font is called &quot;captain howdy.&quot;
Hey bro. I love the design. Thanks for the step by step. Btw you said the font is called &quot;Captain Howdy&quot; thats also the name of the spirit Linda Blair contacts on the ouija board at the beginning of &quot;The Exorcist&quot;..... any connection? Hehe.
Thanks! Again, really great design and idea!!
<p>they came out upsidedown but all handmade foldups not painted i use a Wood burnner contact for details</p>
Has you ever tried transferring a color image to a table or wood? If so how did that work?
I've been wanting to try this for a few months now and finally have the time to do it, but my question is this: does the type of wood make a difference on how well the transfer will work? I'm asking because I have a table, but its made of parawood. I was just wondering if anyone has had success with this type of wood in particular, or should I use a different kind? Any and all help/input would be much appreciated. Thanks.<br>
<p>Beautiful! Thanks so much for the inspiration and vector! </p>
One day I got the idea that I wanted a Ouija board table and an Internet search led me to this. I fell super in love with your design and process that I had to try it. I went to Kinkos to get the vector design printed and it turns out that they printed WHITE on the paper. So here's something different. I still like it a lot, but of course the attractiveness of the wood grain is completely covered. I still love it. Anyway, thanks for sharing this Instructable!
<p>That's pretty bitchin'! I didn't know about the technique you used to transfer the image to the wood. I'll have to keep that in mind for future projects.</p>
<p><strong>It is very important that a laser printer is used, as an inkjet will not work for this type of image transfer.</strong></p>
<p>This is not my project, but I have used a clothes iron in the past with steam and heat, it usually works.</p>
<p>How did you get the image to print out on several pages?</p>
<p>Thank you for sharing your art! I just finished the transfer and it turned out great. I made my table differently, I have no idea where to find a solid piece of 24 x 48 wood, but yeah, it turned out really awesome. Thanks!</p>
<p>Great work! The steelwool and vinegar is also great for dying tooling leather black. It's called vinegaroon.</p>
<p>nice work!</p>
<p>Thanks for the inspiration. I used some of your vector art and created my own version. Except I have access to a flat bed printer which printed directly on the surface of the tabletop. </p><p>https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202149747444038&amp;set=a.1309848345158.2042800.1199083207&amp;type=1&amp;theater</p>
<p>Could you share with me how you made the changes. I love the design, there are only a few things I would like to change. </p>
<p>I made the changes in Coreldraw X6. Imported the vector file (.eps) and used the scrolls, some of the text and the alphabet. Everything else was created in the software with clipart and personal drawings.</p>
<p>That looks amazing Nefarioc! Would you be willing to share the vector file for that? It would be for non-commercial usage. Thanks, JP</p>
<p>Sure...message me your email and I'll attach an .eps.</p>
Thank you so much for your tutorial! I just finished rubbing all the paper off mine... gonna do a few touch-ups around the edges and seal it up tonight. Very generous of you to include your design file-- I drew on it heavily for inspiration.<br> &nbsp;
<p>would you be interested in sharing your design? I love it. </p>
<p>Wow, turned out great! Nice design too!</p>
<p>I LOVE THIS!!!</p>
<p>My wife and I did this. We loved the process. It was very easy.<br><br>We did notice, though, that when you are rubbing the paper off it seems that no matter what you do you can never seem to get all the paper totally off. So it will be wet and appear to be all the way off, but never totally come all the way off. This may have been the matte medium we used.</p><p>When we put the polyurathane on it, though, it dissolved the white haze over the black, and made it perfectly clear with no problems whatsoever.</p>

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