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Refurbished Penny Table

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Transform an old antique table into a lovely, new penny table.  It is sure to be the topic of discussion and the center of attention!
 
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Step 1: Things You Need

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Things you need:
-Old table to refinish, we bought ours at a local antique mall
-Several hundred pennies, this one took about $3 worth
-Sandpaper of varying grits (60, 120, 220, 320; work your way up)
-Super glue (any will work well)
-Some type of epoxy, I used a type made for bar-tops, it was perfect
-Some type of wood stain, whatever your preference (I chose Minwax,Red Mahogany)
-Couple of brushes (Purdy brushes are great, use natural fibers for a smooth, “bubble-less” finish)
-Mineral Spirits to wipe down sanded table, as well as clean brush
-Some type of Polyurethane (I used Minwax again, with a gloss finish)
-Rubber gloves
-Paper or wax cups for mixing epoxy
-Popsicle sticks for mixing epoxy
-Various plastic sheets for easy cleanup
-Preferably a space dust-free to stain and finish
-About 3 or 4 days
modsquad9 months ago
Table looks nice. I have been wanting to do this with beer caps to make some outdoor tables and have a variety of different craft beer caps I enjoy all lined up in rows. I just wasn't sure of what epoxy coating but your instructable helped me know what to ask/shop for!
HickLife1 year ago
I have this exact idea, except with the primer side of an expended pistol casing or rifle casing just cut down to a uniform length. Thanks for the post it gave me a lot of ideas on what to do for my project when i get to it. quick question tough, did you fill the table to the top lip or just enough to cover the pennies and a little over to smooth it? it looks like you just put it a little over the pennies but i cant tell for sure.
nabind (author)  HickLife1 year ago
Thanks for the comment. That sounds like a great idea using the primers of various casings. As far as the epoxy goes, I only used enough to cover the top of the pennies. You could fill it up to the lip of the table, but that seemed excessive to me. It is pretty strong stuff and you will have no problems simply filling it up to just cover the primers. Hopefully you can post a finished product someday - that would be neat to see.
hopefully i can get it made soon, i just need to collect the brass and cut it down them pick/make the table. i have to wait till i get back to the states though to begin on it. 5 more months
shazni1 year ago
Is it called bar top epoxy all over the world? i would like to do this only the epoxy i know is not liquid...it's like a paste and is used to glue glass, metal and so on.
nabind (author)  shazni1 year ago
I'm not sure what other countries would call it. I did use a liquid type epoxy which I had two mix two separate components; a resin, and a hardener. Here is he website to the epoxy I used:

http://glazecoat.com/GlazeCoat.htm

Thank you for the comment and good luck!
Cambenora1 year ago
Was it really necessary to glue all the coins down first? They'd be well and truly stuck down with the epoxy.
This eliminates the chance of them getting moved when pouring on the epoxy, It's a pretty viscous liquid and can move them around quite a bit.
nabind (author)  reedz1 year ago
Thanks for the comment. Yes, and also without gluing the pennies down, they may have a tendency to float to the top of the epoxy before it hardens completely. Thank you reedz.
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