Ok My mate keeps asking me for a coffee table and asking and asking and this is what i made him ,he has a small granny flat so had to be small. Be aware this is my first INSTRUCTABLE some things i have missed out but its a basic project , also i had every thing in my shed . this table does what a desk chair does buts it is a table.
Step 1: Lets Start
First the scrounge of materials
1. A top , i had a old bit of cedar about 24mm thick 800mm long 400mm wide ,had it for at least 4 years time to use it, anything between min (300mm x 500mm ) to max (500mm x 900mm) would suit ok depending on what top u use , a square or round top would work as well your choice
2. Legs (a old desk chair) that's right crap old chair found anywhere , if ya cant find any on road side go to dump, but try not to spend anything on this item as they considered rubbish , check it spins goes up and down and the wheels work , it normally the seat that dies in these chairs first and the rest still good .
3. Washers and Coach Screws
4. oil/paint/vanish your choice
Step 2: TOOLS
with all tools get training before use danger danger no one want to be on the 5 o'clock news
can you see my finger ?
belt sander 2 belts coarse and fine
cork sanding block
drill with 4 mm
this other tool
socket set / spanner
wd40 (i consider this as a tool)
bolt cutters / grinder
hammer (ya always need a hammer always)
Step 3: Start Already
Grab ya top and pick the best side, i clamped mine with a quick grip clamp they not very strong but stops it moving. With belt sander cable over my shoulder (so not to run over cable) i get to work on the coarse belt it rips into it(cedar being soft ) so i knock it down to mostly solid timber. (air blower get rid off dust). I then cut the rest of bad timber with a jig saw ( lead over my shoulder). do a hit with sander again blow dust sand blow sand blow and so on.
Now this is up to you how much you like sanding so get it to where You like, and ya top might not even be timber,but in my case yes so sand blow sand blow and i say she will be right
Step 4: Legs
Grab the old chair and strip it, so ya just got the stand, my nut was rusty, so plastic handle broke, sprayed with wd40 gave it a wipe down and took nut off with spanner, it was cleanish went up/down wheels clean of old hair and crap ready to go
Step 5: Starting to Look Like Something
wack the top on the cleaned wheel leg stand up and down thing, notice it ain't level that's because it was a flipping chair, i packed it up with these square washers until it was kinda level
Step 6: Attach and Secure
The base has 6 holes you may only have 4 ya only need 4 , so i get 6 coach screws, with washers i get it all stable on the work bench up side down , I check my screw length and then drill a pilot hole ,check screw length insert it half tight , then re position if need to, next long screw, as it packed on a angle you need different length screws i cut the rest with bolt cutters. put the rest of the screws in (don't drill thru bench ya don't wanna stuff it up here best ya check the screw length 3 times)!!!!!!!!!!!
Step 7: More Sanding and Vanish
That's enough sanding i say and blow the dust away, always blowing dust away always
Grab some vanish clear stuff and give it a coat meh i should have sanded it more lucky it not for me , i leave it over night and give it 2 more coats next daY.
I then grab the laptop and test it out by doing this my first instructable on it, meh i might keep this table i like it
Disclaimer This is a LIENNIK project.