How to Build a Coffee Table From Reclaimed Wood




Introduction: How to Build a Coffee Table From Reclaimed Wood

I really wanted a Restoration Hardware looking table but in my budget. So I built it myself!

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Step 1: Get the Wood

So I used Salvaged Wood from a Barn that was kindly given to me. I got lucky because this stuff can be pricey! So look around, ask around and you never know what a stranger might help you with! I did a light sanding as I didn't want to lose the natural greyness that the wood had and then I went to the gas station and used compressed air to blow out any debris

Step 2: Get Legs for Your Table

I decided I wanted a more industrial look to my table but with a little twist so I bought plumbing pipes for my legs from Home Depot. Since my living room is quite neutral I went with a bright green spray paint for my legs. I also bought a 1" piece of pine for about 2$ to create a support beam for my table which I had the guys at Home Depot cut for me. I painted the pipes and was ready to assemble. For assembly all you need is the appropriate length of screws and an electric drill/screwdriver

Step 3: Start Assembling the Table

I used a power drill/screwdriver. First I drilled very small holes in the pine and then screwed the pine to my barn wood. Then I screwed the Flanges on to that.

Step 4: Varnish the Table

I called around until I found what I wanted since I wanted absolutely no shine on my table and I didn't want to lose that grey color so I went with MODERN MASTERS DEAD FLAT VARNISH. DEAD FLAT. Not flat. That's the secret. It didn't change the color one bit yet I can run my hand over it and not get any splinters. It has no shine. I bought it at a paint store. Its also on Amazon.

Step 5: Enjoy Your New Table!

That's it! I screwed the legs in, flipped it over and voila!

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    6 Discussions


    6 years ago on Introduction

    The pipe and flanges is an excellent idea. I'll use that for my next one :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Nice weathered boards! Beats any commercial stuff available at Homey Depot or Loweees. Nice Job mate!


    6 years ago

    I love the table top, but the legs look a bit modern for my current decorations. Do you have any recommendations or instructions for wooden legs?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Hmmmm. Well you could scour craigslist maybe? Get existing legs from another coffee table perhaps? This was a one off project for me so I'm no expert by any means! I just thought outside the box and did what I could as cheaply as possible!