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
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>
<p>Thats amazing!! what computer program is that?</p>
<p>Thanks for the inspiration and the grpahic, it came out really well!</p>
<p>I love this! You said wait &quot;overnight&quot; to rub the paper off. Could you be more specific? What is the minimum amount of time until I can start removing the paper? Is it just until the acrylic gel dries or does it have to sit longer for the ink to set?</p>
<p>This is just too RAD!!! I can't make one, how much for you to make one and sell it?</p>
<p>this is really cool! Thanks for sharing the art too, I might use this for a side table I want to build. Love the idea of the vinegar stain too!</p>
Dude wow this is amazing
Hello , i wanted to thank you , your tuto inspired me a lot, this is the result : <br> <br>http://www.instructables.com/files/deriv/FV6/ZNCZ/HN825KB4/FV6ZNCZHN825KB4.THUMB.jpg <br> <br>it's a bit more complicated to make , but worth it ^^.
Turned out awesome! Well done!!
This coffee table is so fraking awesome, I can't even contain myself! I went online looking to make a Ouija board for my kitchen table for Halloween and found this. Mind=Blown. This is getting made this week for our house. I was wondering, though, why I can't see the file for the print outs? I saw you mentioned it was posted but I am new to Instructables and think I must be missing something. Again, it's just amazing. Thanks again for the instructspiration.
Thank you, I'm glad you like it! You can download the graphics on step 2.
Hey just wanted to say thank you so much for the inspiration. My husband and I had been searching high and low for the perfect coffee table for our new place and when I found this we both agreed that this was it. Your instructable is awesome and really helped me make this happen. Because we are apartment dwellers and ill-equipped to bust out handmade furniture, we found and purchased an unfinished pine table, (46x26) on Wayfair.com. You and your readers might be interested to know I had the ouija design printed out in large format at our local staples. After much deliberation I ended up using acetone to transfer the image with..&quot;interesting&quot; results. Although the transfer technique was almost instantaneous it was not without flaw. Nearly half of the &quot;Hello&quot; grim reaper did not transfer and I had to sand out the mistake, reprint that portion and re-transfer. Ended up with a very distressed finish on the top so I stained the legs ebony, wiping off excess to create a distressed look to match the top. Over all I am very, very happy with this piece. Just wanted to share with you and thank you again for the inspiration and for the amazing art work.
Well done, it turned out great!! I really like how the acetone transfer looks, especially around the edges. Looks great in your apartment too, thank you for posting your results!

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