Round Dining Table Made From Bowling Alley Wood

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This table can seat 5 to 6 people comfortably.

Step 1: Get Some Bowling Alley Wood

This might be the deal breaker. I was lucky enough to have someone give a bunch of it to me for free!

Step 2: Make It Round

Of course you don't have to make it round if you don't want to. I had to add a bunch of strips to complete the circle.

Step 3: Secure the Sides

The top of the base is shown here just to verify it would be big enough. You can attach the extra boards in many ways; I chose screws.

Step 4: Sand and Finish

Sand the crap out of it starting at 80 grit and working down to 220. I used several coats of poly shade and then more coats of regular poly for the finish.

Step 5: Slap It on a Base

You could find a base you like or make one yourself. I made this one from free plans found at woodgears.ca. Just make sure the base is sturdy. That baby weighs a ton. Actually about 0.1 ton.

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    MakeShiftMaker

    2 years ago

    how is the best way to make it round

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    BLR_RAVI

    4 years ago

    very nice table made by you..great and refreshing idea

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    zachholt

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I would try Craigslist, or perhaps try to find a the company that installs them and see if they have a job coming up. Perhaps contact a bowling alley and see if they replace their lanes on a rotating schedule or something.

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    marhar

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful! You did a great job in bringing out the true nature of the wood. I wish I had one of these!

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    zachholt

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you everyone for the nice comments!! Vote for me in the Woodworking contest!!

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    guaps

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Beautiful table. Not only did you get it for free, but you got the best piece - the part with the lane markers on it. I need a friend in the bowling alley destruction business...

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    the_mini_guy

    4 years ago

    I like it and want one. just need the space to use it before I make it. let alone finding the bowling alley timber. great Instructable. .

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    gravityisweak

    4 years ago

    Now I need to find an instructable on how to make some bowling alley wood.

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    seamster

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Love it! Very nice work.

    I saw some old bowling alley lanes come up on the classifieds where I live a few months a go.. they were gone in about 30 seconds. I missed out on those, but I'm always on the lookout.

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    dmh1

    4 years ago

    I love this. Nice work!

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    Todd Gehris

    4 years ago on Introduction

    Cool! I love re-purposed stuff. All you need is something on top of the table made from bowling pins and balls. :)