I started with this project due to my need for a side table beside my bed. And since i got to keep up to the reputation of a college student that is, enjoying maximum luxury with minimum effort and expense, I came up with this simple plan - A side table made out of thermocol packaging boxes and a glass top.
Step 1: What You Need-
- 2 Thermocol packaging boxes (305cm*250cm*200cm)
- Glass (420cm*270cm and of any thickness).
- Sandpaper (1 small sheet)
- bag with stones.
- Fevicol (glue)
- Pins,long toothpicks(optional).
- Metal mesh (optional).
- 15-20 mins max :)
- I found the thermocol packaging boxes lying for waste in a store room - so yeah i got that for free.
- Glass - had few glass pieces left at home by the old tenants - free again :)
- Sandpaper is used to smoothen the edges of the glass.
- I study architecture so fevicol(glue) is something i have in plenty.
- pins and long toothpicks were also something i already had.
- I used the metal mesh for a industrial look on the table.
Step 2: Fixing the Base -
- Fill first box with the bags of stones. Stones are filled for the base to stay heavy so that it doesn't tip over easily.
- Apply fevicol on the top of both the boxes.
- Place the second box upside down over the first box covering the bags inside and pressing them together to make them stick together.
- I fixed a couple of pins through both the boxes to hold them together better.
Step 3: The Glass Top -
- Use sandpaper to rub and smoothen the edges of the glass so that it doesn't remain sharp. The glass i had, already had smooth edges.
- Since the glass i had was pretty heavy i just placed it on the base. Due to the weight of the glass i didn't bother fixing the glass as it wouldn't fall off and the table would be placed in the part of the room where i wont knock the glass off even by accident (hopefully).
DONE :) You have a side table now :)
Step 4: Decorating (optional) -
- I had a metal mesh at home of no use so i fixed couple of toothpicks in and fixed the mesh
I used this as i liked the look it gave. You can come up with better and more creative ideas to personalize your side table according to your taste.
- The same old one - careful of the glue you use on the thermocol.
- Fill the stones in a bag and place in the thermocol. The stones placed directly can damage the boxes.
- careful with the glass.
It's a very simple project which serves the purpose for me. I plan to fix couple of LED lights under the glass soon. Hope you guys like it . Have fun. Thank you :)