Introduction: Round Dining Table Made From Bowling Alley Wood

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This table can seat 5 to 6 people comfortably.

Step 1: Get Some Bowling Alley Wood

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This might be the deal breaker. I was lucky enough to have someone give a bunch of it to me for free!

Step 2: Make It Round

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Of course you don't have to make it round if you don't want to. I had to add a bunch of strips to complete the circle.

Step 3: Secure the Sides

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The top of the base is shown here just to verify it would be big enough. You can attach the extra boards in many ways; I chose screws.

Step 4: Sand and Finish

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Sand the crap out of it starting at 80 grit and working down to 220. I used several coats of poly shade and then more coats of regular poly for the finish.

Step 5: Slap It on a Base

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You could find a base you like or make one yourself. I made this one from free plans found at Just make sure the base is sturdy. That baby weighs a ton. Actually about 0.1 ton.


MakeShiftMaker (author)2015-11-17

how is the best way to make it round

BLR_RAVI (author)2014-07-31

very nice table made by you..great and refreshing idea

jon3laze (author)2014-03-20

Matthias! I love his videos and plans. Great way to upcycle, I really like the table.

zachholt (author)jon3laze2014-03-21

Matthias is one of my favorites.

zachholt (author)2014-03-20

I would try Craigslist, or perhaps try to find a the company that installs them and see if they have a job coming up. Perhaps contact a bowling alley and see if they replace their lanes on a rotating schedule or something.

marhar (author)2014-03-20

Beautiful! You did a great job in bringing out the true nature of the wood. I wish I had one of these!

nemalim (author)2014-03-20

very nice! I love the wood and the table design

zachholt (author)2014-03-20

Thank you everyone for the nice comments!! Vote for me in the Woodworking contest!!

guaps (author)2014-03-20

Beautiful table. Not only did you get it for free, but you got the best piece - the part with the lane markers on it. I need a friend in the bowling alley destruction business...

the_mini_guy (author)2014-03-19

I like it and want one. just need the space to use it before I make it. let alone finding the bowling alley timber. great Instructable. .

gravityisweak (author)2014-03-19

Now I need to find an instructable on how to make some bowling alley wood.

seamster (author)2014-03-18

Love it! Very nice work.

I saw some old bowling alley lanes come up on the classifieds where I live a few months a go.. they were gone in about 30 seconds. I missed out on those, but I'm always on the lookout.

dmh1 (author)2014-03-18

I love this. Nice work!

SantanaGonsalves (author)2014-03-18

cool, love it

Todd Gehris (author)2014-03-18

Cool! I love re-purposed stuff. All you need is something on top of the table made from bowling pins and balls. :)

Creativeman (author)2014-03-18

Great idea, good job!

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