In this Instructable i am going to show you how to turn an old plastic road works sign into a quirky table.
Its quick and easy and in my opinion the finished product looks pretty cool.
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Step 1: What You Need
On old plastic road sign and I cant stress this enough DON'T GO STEALING ONE!
For the purposes of this project i had spotted this one weeks ago and as you can see from the cobwebs it had been there for some time.
A heat gun
Something to measure with (I'm Using a meter stick)
Something to mark out those measurements
Step 2: Clean It Up and Mark It Out
Straight forward enough, clean up your sign and then measure out the middle of each edge and mark it.
I could have cut off the straps that hold it to a traffic cone but i thought leaving them on just added to the character of it
Step 3: Heat It Up
Now this is the tricky-ish part.
Using the marks I hung the sign over the edge of a table using the edge of the table to act as a parallel between to the two points.
You may want to place something on the sign to weight it down
I then used the heat gun to slowly heat up along that line. moving the gun back and forwards at a steady speed on the top and along the bottom. dont go to slowly or you may burn the plastic. After a few minutes the edge starts to droop. I let it fall until it was almost at a right angle with the table (I wanted the "legs" to splay out a bit for more stability)
I repeated the same process for the 2nd leg but hung it as far onto the table as I could.
For the 3rd "Leg" I pretty much just held it by one of the other legs (making sure my had was well clear) and let it lean against the wall.
Step 4: Finished
And its done.
The whole project took me around 30 mins, including cleaning up the sign. The finished product is sturdy enough to hold the weight of a few object but couldn't hold the weight of a human.
There would be several ways to reinforce its structure but for this project I just wanted to keep it simple.
I hope you enjoyed this instructable and as always thoughts/comments/criticisms and photos of your own creations are welcome in the comments section below
Bye for now :)
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