Introduction: Sweet Coffee Table

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Well i am a engineering college student who needed a coffee table for a cheap price so i got creative.


1. Two cardboard boxes (whatever size you want)
2. Duct Tape
3. Road Sign (garage sale , online stores, or where ever you might be able to "pick" one up), can substitute anything you would like thats a hard surface

Step 1: Making the Base

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1. Obtain two cardboard boxes : If your like my you will want a large square box and a slightly smaller thing one to give it that groove.

2. Simply fill with other boxes or Styrofoam, Hell any old garbage like pieces of wood or Polystyrene make an excellent filler to give it strength and also get rid of all your crap thats laying around

3. Duct tape it together

Step 2: Attach the Sign

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4. Now you could get all fancy with glue or screws or something weird..... or just use some good old duct-tape.

Step 3: Make More and ENJOY

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5. Throw a party !!!! (and remember to turn the flash on your camera)


GitarGr8 (author)2008-07-24

I'm going to take a wild guess and say you're in college. Pretty sure any g/f or wife would have your balls if you tried to put that in your living room. Cool idea, though.

PickPacket (author)GitarGr82008-07-24

Take a look at the sofa in step 1, I think he has bigger problems. Sweet table, brings back memories.

ginger20037 (author)PickPacket2013-01-24

LMAO That's hilarious! xD

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2011-09-28

just stole my sign=0

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2011-09-20

P.s. What are some funny signs i should look for? horse crossing... children/mother crossing....swerving road/drunk driver signs we call

FlatLinerMEDIC (author)2011-09-20

I am going to do this, when i find a road sign down, its prolly some sort of felony but im on the risky side. I love your instructable. Great job. I will put baby corner thingys on the corners for my own safety because Im clumsy=)) Again, fabulous job

aintnohusker (author)2010-01-16

You might want to put something along the edge of your sign table top. They can be pretty sharp on bare legs.

sighhigh (author)2009-12-06

its hard to believe you're an engineering student with your mastery of duct tape

bwpatton1 (author)2009-01-24

How is this illegal?

xjessestarx (author)bwpatton12009-04-19

its illegal if you just take the sign while its still up

skipernicus (author)xjessestarx2009-12-03

I believe it's illegal no matter what - road signs are considered government property, even if they aren't on a pole. Get this:

"A stop sign was removed from a busy intersection in Tampa, Florida, in February, 1996. Three young men in a car - Keith Farr, Randal White, and Brian Hernandez - died instantly when a large truck hit their vehicle as they drove through the intersection. The missing stop sign was the cause of the accident. Christopher Cole, Nissa Baillie and Thomas Miller confessed to stealing several road signs in the area as a prank, but emphatically denied that they had taken the stop sign from that particular intersection. They were charged with first-degree manslaughter. The jury unanimously reached a guilty verdict for all three defendants. Each was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 15 years suspended, resulting in prison terms of 15 years plus five years probation." (source:

Although usually penalties are betwen $50 & $500, depending on where you live.

But! You can buy these signs for use on private property: look in the phone book under signs & barricades.

Matt4_16 (author)bwpatton12009-01-26

because you can buy all the parts eh

GianniMora (author)2009-07-23


codester (author)2008-07-25

Ingenious! Simple, but effective. My only thing was that maybe the stand could look a little nicer.....maybe make it out of wood? Other than that, great instructable!

grey House (author)codester2008-12-03

long-live the road sign table! I'm thinking a couple cases of empties might make a more appropriate base. ertw yo

thematthatter (author)2008-07-25

i got a" road construction 500 ft" TV stand.

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