DIY Rustic Style Coffee Table With Reclaimed Wood




Introduction: DIY Rustic Style Coffee Table With Reclaimed Wood

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Making a rustic style coffee table with reclaimed wood is a lot of fun. This is a great opportunity to use up scrap wood, or to go to a reclaimed lumber store and buy some different pieces. This project is all about creativity, and creating a pattern, which is really an art piece.

The build is very simple, and utilizes staples and glue.

Step 1: Constructing a Coffee Table

To construct the base I used reclaimed redwood with simple glue and staples joints, all butted together. All the pieces were 1x2s except for the legs which I added a small 1x1 piece, to make the legs were square.

I cut the 1x2 redwood to measure 18 inches for the legs. To make each leg, I stapled together the 1x1 to the 1x2, and then I stapled that piece on to a 1x2 piece to create each leg. I cut up rails out of the same wood that measured 28 inches on the long side and 18 inches on the short side, and I stapled and glued those to the legs to create the base.

I had picked up a whole bunch of different reclaimed wood for the top. Most of them were in the neighborhood of 3/4 inch thick, so I planed them all down to be about 5/8 of an inch thick. Then I cut them into 1 1/2 inch wide strips on the table saw.

The pattern on the top is all about miter joints. So I got all the wood lined up, and I started making mitered cuts, and developing a design as I went along.

When I had all my wood cut, I started to glue and staple the wood down onto a 2x3 foot piece of 1/2 inch plywood. It's important that you have your pattern already figured out, so you can just glue and staple right away. I used 3/4 inch staples, and I made sure to have good glue coverage everywhere.

I followed my pattern, however I let the wood run wild on the sides, because I was planning on cleaning up the edges later with a circular saw.

To ensure that all the wood attached properly, I clamped it down for an hour while the glue was drying.

Then I set up the circular saw with wood as a guide to clean up the edges.

Next up, to give the top more of a finished look, I cut up a frame for it, using some reclaimed clear fir. I mitered the edges, and then I just glued and stapled those pieces to the top.

After that, I gave the base a good sanding with a block sander, and I smoothed out the top with a a palm sander.

And finally, finishing. I sprayed some polyurethane on my table, however you could finish it in any way you want.

Step 2: Conclusion - Watch the Video

For a more in depth look, please take a look at the video that goes over the various steps:

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't have all those fancy tools, but Iove what you did. Do you have suggestions for those of us who don't have access to planers or the other large tools? I love wood ... and I love reclaimed wood, especially wood with history. I know I can use hand planers and the like as well as an old fashioned miter box ... just wondering if you had suggestions as to something that could cut down the process of hand-working.


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Hi it looks really really nice. Just I didn't see you fill the nail/staple holes.

    Just wondering how do they look and do you have closer photos?

    thanks for sharing


    Colonel K0rn
    Colonel K0rn

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Looks nice! I made something similar when I used pallets from a store. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were made of oak. I didn't have a planer at the time that I made these tables, but since purchased one, and the others that I made are equal thickness. Here's the link to a video of my tables:

    Ryan MacKenzie
    Ryan MacKenzie

    7 years ago

    Glad to see you here as well. Do you know where to get reclaimed wood back home. Not like bauhaus stocks anything but pine....