Rustic Coffee Table From Old Shelf (total Cost $28)





Introduction: Rustic Coffee Table From Old Shelf (total Cost $28)

If you want to learn how to turn an old shelf into an amazing coffee table then follow this engaging, step-by-step tutorial! Enjoy!


-Two pieces of angle iron ($12)

-Square metal tube ($16)

-Old shelf or any other type of wood (in my case $FREE)

-Scrap metal for base (I got some for $FREE)

Step 1: Disassemble

The shelf/rack had a bunch of wooden dowels attaching the two pieces of wood, so I used a hand saw to cut them off. The two pieces of wood both had a small stand on the bottom that were attached by a screw, and when I unscrewed them, they came off.

Step 2: Cutting the Wood to Size

I wanted to cut both pieces of wood in the center, so I used a measuring tape to draw a line across the middle. I then cut this line with a jigsaw, but you could do this with a handsaw if you don't have a jigsaw.

Step 3: Attaching the Pieces of Wood

I found some old pieces of wood in a scrap pile, and I hammered them into the four pieces of the wood from the shelf to hold them in place.

Step 4: Creating the Base

I bought a piece of hollow square steel at Home Depot. My neighbor had some scrap steel that I used for the bottom part of the base. I aligned the square steel on the steel plate and welded them together.

Step 5: Attaching the Angle Iron

I cut the angle iron to size by marking where I wanted to cut. I then drilled two holes on each piece so I could screw them to the wood. I screwed the first angle iron in, but for the second one I had to cut a flat edge on the wood with a saw. After they were both screwed in, I painted the tops of the screws so they wouldn't stand out so much.

Step 6: Attaching the Top to the Base

I'm sorry that I didn't have any pictures of this step, but what I did was drill some holes into a flat piece of steel. I then welded that into the base. Finally, I screwed that onto the top which finished it off.

Step 7: Enjoy Your New Coffee Table!

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    The table looks awesome! Great work!!

    Great way to upcycle your shelf! Thank you for sharing your project!

    Thank you! Also, thanks for posting the first comment!

    Nice work... This turned out great. I really love the wood in the background of your pictures!