Made from a mixture of scrap and new lumber, this coffee table uses a DIY lamination method to create a solid surface from strips of wood without the need for heavy bar clamps. All of the strips are yellow pine except for one contrasting stripe of cedar running all the way through the structure. A series of strips runs 4" below the top surface as a brace and a shelf for magazines or laptops. Cover strips, with dowel plugs to cover the fasteners, make the edges smooth, concealing the thread rods that hold the strips together. It makes for a sleek but still very monolithic form.
It uses a method of construction first posted here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrap-Table/
. That table uses a random assortment of scrap wood, which is certainly an option in this project as well; I opted to present the different material in a more organized way this time.
The materials can vary in cost, depending on how much you salvage and how much you buy new. I had a mixture of new 2" x 8"s (which I judged to be most cost-efficient dimension based on how many 1-1/14" strips I could get out of each board) and scrap 2" x 4"s and scrap cedar. Along with the threaded rods, sanding belts, polyurethane, new drill bits, screws, etc., the table cost about $50 and about 30 hours of time.
Thanks to Ramell Ross for the first five pictures. http://www.ramellross.com
You will need these materials:
Cardboard for template
4-6 2" x 8" x 8' yellow pine or equivalent
1 2" x 4" x 8' contrasting wood
1/2" x 24" pine dowel
7 1/2" dia. x 36" threaded rods
14 nuts and washers
2 lbs 2-1/2" drywall screws
60, 80 or 100, 120 grit sanding belts
polyurethane or varnish
You will need these tools:
Impact driver (optional but very helpful)
Hammer or mallet
Dremel or hacksaw
Orbital sander (optional)