Coffee Table .. Old to New

3,660

73

6

This old coffee table has been in my family since I was a small tadpole.. it had teeth marks in it from were I was a baby and my parents refinished the top after I cut all my teeth.. ha.. I have had it for 15 years now and it was just to heavy to move around my living room so I wanted a lighter and more modern table.. so be easy on me in this build cause it is a prototype to a dining table I'm going to build later.. there are some things I will point out about needing better joinery in later steps.. so here I go..

Teacher Notes

Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.

Step 1: Tear Down Time

tools:

table saw

planer

band saw

drill

supplies:

wood glue

n95 dust mask (sanding)

screws (I used the old screws they were 2'' )

I started by ripping apart the old coffee table and this thing had a lot of screws in it.. 20 screws holding the legs together and 20 more hold the table top braces together.. and 8 screws holding the top to the legs.. 48 screws.. and no glue.. wow.. it was all 2x6 boards.. so this would be easy to build from 2x4's or 2x6's

Step 2: The Start of a New Table

here I didn't put any pics of the planer and jointer in work.. all boards started out being 1.5'' thick went to 1.25 after I planed them down to get off old finish and now I have to get new planer knives ..but I am gluing the top and trimming the end grain.. getting it ready for it's profile. it came out 1.25'' after planing

Step 3: Bevel the Edges

In this step I'm putting a 45 degree bevel on the bottom edge to give it a lighter appearance..

table saw with a panel sled made this step easy.

Step 4: Angles

first I took the longest boards from my legs of the old table and cut them on the band saw diagonally to were I had 1.5 inches at the foot of the leg and I got two legs from one board.. then I cut a bunch of angles on scrap wood trying to get the angle I liked for the legs and I ended up going with 8 degrees.. make sure you cut that at both ends opposite of each other.. legs were 1.25'' thick and 16.75'' long

Step 5: Setting Up the Legs

here is were I made my first mistake.. I cut two front aprons and screwed them to the legs.. the mistake is .. dumb me put glue on them not thinking I was going to tear it back apart to put dowels in leg supports later.. cause I was thinking at this moment that the screws were to hold it tight while the glue dried and then I was going to drill the hole out to accept 1/2'' dowels later.. but that didn't happen..

Step 6: Checking the Over All Look and Stance

checking everything and still not seeing that I screwed up right yet.. so I liked the stance so I put on a stain that I liked .. I already tried on some scrap 6 different colors of stain and this dark walnut from varathane caught my eye better than minwax brand

Step 7: Laying Out the Leg Supports

checking leg supports took a bit pondering .. the side that was against the leg was a 15 degree cut and I decided I would just butt the supports together at the ends.. the black marks was what I was removing the flush the supports together.. I just knock them down with a plane and sander..

Step 8: Putting It Together

so this is were my second mistake shows it self.. in the first picture you can see I could only get one dowel in the leg because of the front apron that must have glued it self cause I didn't remember doing it at the time.. ha.. so I cut two pockets hole in the upper part of the leg support so no one could see it.. wwweeellllllll the third mistake was stupid me got in a big hurry and forgot the wood was planed down to 1.25'' and set the pocket hole jig to 1.5'' so I busted the side of two legs when I tightened the screws down so I pulled the screws and epoxy the wood and clamped waited and screwed it together..

Step 9: Plugging the Holes

my first way I wanted to remove the screws and drill it for long dowels in the legs to aprons.. but after looking thru all my long dowels to my surprise I had no 1/2'' or 3/8'' dowels so I said heck with it I'll cut some plugs and hide the screws and hope it doesn't fall apart .. lol but it turned out to be rather strong I stood on it and bounced and have been sitting on it to put my boots on in the morning.. the last picture is were I screwed it to the top and stained it and put one coat of wipe on poly on the bottom..

Step 10: Some Finished Pictures

these pictures were after I put 3 coats of wipe on gloss poly and let it dry for 3 days (humidity was high in north Carolina when I was finishing it ) the video I shot wasn't great it was compiled with my moto x phone thru highlight reels and then I uploaded .. I have other footage. I'm make a different video later.. hope you folks like it .. any questions just ask.. I thank you for looking..

Before and After Contest 2016

Participated in the
Before and After Contest 2016

Full Spectrum Laser Contest 2016

Participated in the
Full Spectrum Laser Contest 2016

Share

    Recommendations

    • Indoor Lighting Contest

      Indoor Lighting Contest
    • Metal Contest

      Metal Contest
    • Make It Fly Challenge

      Make It Fly Challenge

    6 Discussions

    0
    None
    PLPMINER

    3 years ago

    Nice work man,,,,working through some road blocks is what makes our renditions truly Home Made - Much nicer than any factory version with beauty marks (mistake scars) that give them a little rugged character.....Your designs seem to carry that Herman Miller sleek quality while not over complicating task. The basic table top edge design for example- Keeping it contoured to the Legs makes sense anything else would have been a distraction

    Clean Lines, Perfect leg angle to height ratio and then topping it with a mirror finish with a Vintage stain......Did you sand between coats of poly? If so what grit and wet and or Dry? How many attempts? If Only one and Done...Your Planer deserves a new set of teeth for doing such a great job......

    1 reply
    0
    None
    koolerPLPMINER

    Reply 3 years ago

    the top was sanded with 120 grit then stain dark walnut.. then it has 3 coats of wipe on gloss poly 600 grit between coats then after drying for 3 days i took 2000 grit to polish it a bit.. all was dry sanding..

    thanks for looking..

    0
    None
    jreich4

    3 years ago

    came out nice. nice look and does look way better.

    1 reply