Professional tables, chairs, and other furniture can cost upwards of thousands of dollars but with a little hard work, it can be created uniquely for much cheaper. It costs less and is far less difficult than one would think! All a person needs are some common crafts materials.
For materials, an individual needs:
10 2x4s of wood of choice
4 2x3s of wood of choice
4x8 particle board Package of laminate flooring
FamoWood glaze coat kit
A box of 2” wood screws
A right-angle ruler
12” chop saw
Screw Driver (Electric)
Desired paint choice for center of table
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Step 1: The Frame
In step one, you will be building the framing of the entire table. To begin, determine the desired height and length of the table. Cut the 2x4s to the desired length and then cut the ends in 45 degree slants so the ends will fit together and make perfect 90 degree angles. Simply screw these together and one should have a rectangular/square table frame. Then cut the 2x4s to the desired height, then screw them into the corners of the rectangular frame.
Step 2: Mid-Section
Cut the 2x3s into the proper fitting length that allows them to fit inside the built frame. These will be used as a support for the particle board in the center of the table. Paint the particle board whichever color you desire the under-layer of the table to be. For the table used in this example, the particle board was painted a metallic-silver. Then lay the board on top of the supports and use the caulking to seal the edges and let it dry.
Step 3: Design
Cut the laminate flooring pieces and arrange them in a pattern that you wish to be visible in the center of the table. For this example, a diagonal pattern was used. Glue the strips down to the particle board to ensure that they don’t budge and align them tightly together. Allow the glue to dry.
Step 4: Finish
The final step will be time consuming and require some patients. Use the FamoWood glaze coat kit to coat the entire table. Allow it to completely dry and do it in segments. Typically start with the center of the table and then work down to the legs. Provide floor cover as some of it will likely drip. Do several coats until a thin layer has fully developed all along the table. Note: if you want to do any sanding/smoothing of the edges, do that prior to coating the table.