Intro: Turn Beer Bottles Into Furniture
If you enjoy using tables and drinking beer (not necessarily at the same time), this beer bottle table is going to rock your world. Not only does the final product look great, but if built right, will last years and can hold upwards of 200 pounds.
Step 1: Gathering the Materials
Enough empty bottles of your preferred color to make your desired sized table (I used 27 greens)
Strong glue or epoxy (I used Amazing Goop because it was on hand)
Flat surface to make a nice level base upon (I also laid down a sheet of cardboard for glue drips)
Tabletop of some sort, be creative (I used an 18" diameter piece of wood...lame)
A sink with running water and a stopper
Step 2: Decision Time/Build the Base
Now comes the time that you have to decide what you want your table to look like. Now would be an opportune time to rinse out and soak your bottles in the aforementioned sink to remove the labels if you so wish to go down that path. Keeping the labels on does look cool, but if you want to make your table light up (oh yes, more on this later), the labels can get in the way.
Start out by laying out the bottles designated for the base to how you would like them to be arranged in the end. Begin the construction by applying a generous amount of adhesive to one bottle and press it against a second bottle so that the bottoms are nice and flat. Continue assembling the base into whatever shape you desire, but keep in mind that after the first two bottles are together, you will have to continually check that your joints are where they should be. You don't want to finish a row of bottles to find that your straight line has become an 'S.' Allow the base ample time to dry before moving onto the next step.
Step 3: Second Level
After the base has had time to dry, it's time to decide what you want the second level and up to look like if you already have not done so. The second level will be assembled just like the base, except once completed will rest upside down so the necks of the base interlock with those of the second level. Feel free to go with a different size or design for this level, but make sure that the result will fit into the base properly. Switching colors or brands of beer is also nifty.
Set your loose bottles into the base to find out if your concept will work before assembling. Once you have tested it, begin attaching the bottles to one another on your flat surface just like you did with the base. After this level is nice and dry, flip it upside down and place it into the base. No need to glue the two pieces together as it should be very stable and being able to take these heavy things apart makes them so much easier to move long distances.
At this point you could slap some sort of top on the second level and make a pretty sweet little stool, but we're here to make tables, so on to step four...
Step 4: More Levels and the Top
The third level is oriented the same way as the base, but because it does not interlock with a lower level, it will have to be glued to the tier below. Attaching the top will be necessary once your table has reached the proper height. If you ended with the bottle bottoms in the air you can apply some adhesive directly to them and set your top on. However, if the necks are in the air, you may want to put bottle caps back on them so you have more area to apply the glue.
When the top is applied tightly you have technically completed a sturdy yet not-quite-awesome-enough table. Let's check out step five for some more ideas.
Step 5: Add Some Style
This is where you get to go crazy. I tried adding X-mas lights to the bottles which looked decent, but left wires running everywhere. Another design by one of my friends left the middle of the top level open for a light to sit in. She filled the bottles with water and food coloring to make a neat multicolored lamp. When I saw babblin5's "Cool Cloud Lamp!" I got to thinking about putting the light in a low level and having it heat the upper bottles, lava-lamp style. I'm not sure if it would work, but it sounds interesting.
All in all the end product is up to you. I'd love to hear your ideas. Let me know what you think. I hope you enjoyed my first instructable. Thanks for taking a look.