Useful Triangular Table From Old Cabinet Door

About: I am a mom of 3, a grandmother of 3, and an accountant. My hobbies are gardening and woodworking.

I received a text from my son with the above image.

"Can u make a triangular table?" he asked.

Step 1: Buy an Old Cabinet Door From Re-Store

I got this old cabinet door at our local Re-Store for $1.25 during a half off sale.

I measured the space behind the couch, the three lengths of the triangle. Armed with that information and using the Law of Cosines (which I had mastered in high school, but was a little rusty after many years), I figured out the angles of the corners. They were not EXACTLY 38° and 71° and 71° as in the picture. They were more like 38° and 68° and 74° but I just went with the easier angles.

Step 2: Cut the Triangle, Attach Legs

I used my trusty DeWalt cordless circular saw for cutting the triangle. I then sanded a little, and found this old cabinet door to be rather charming. I then went to YouTube in search of the best ideas for legs for a triangular table, and I found this entertaining guy.who made a triangular table that looked like pizza. Loosely based on his table, I settled on scrap birch plywood legs 8" wide, 3/4" thick, 31" high. I attached the legs to the top and base using pocket screws.

Step 3: Attach a Shelf

For the extra shelf, with all these angles, I had to force a piece of manila folder into the opening and fold, bend, and cut until I had a template. I then traced the manila folder onto another piece of birch plywood, and cut using my circular saw. I screwed this into place.

Then I noticed how ugly the visible pocket holes were, so I made another shelf just above the pocket holes to hide them. Now I had 2 extra shelves and a secret compartment below.

Step 4: Finishing Touches

After adding the second shelf, I had some holes to fill. I stained and polyurethaned the top. Since the legs, base, and shelves are made from birch plywood, I primed and painted the body. I decided on gray because...that's all I had.

Step 5: Treasure

This odd looking table will fit well in its odd space. Hard to believe this treasure was once an old dusty cabinet door!

Trash to Treasure

This is an entry in the
Trash to Treasure

Share

    Recommendations

    • Trash to Treasure

      Trash to Treasure
    • Gardening Contest

      Gardening Contest
    • Tape Contest

      Tape Contest

    4 Discussions

    0
    None
    AussieAlf

    22 days ago

    Not a bad looking little table you made there Susan. Making practical use of wasted space.
    Got some power points there as well which could be used for a lamp, phone charging table etc.

    1 reply
    0
    None
    SusanYoung1982AussieAlf

    Reply 22 days ago

    Thanks, Aussie. You're right, in fact the desk will be a computer and phone charging station right near an electrical outlet.

    0
    None
    SusanYoung1982EcoExpatMike

    Reply 22 days ago

    Thanks, Mike. I really like your red, white, blue, and yellow desk! Great functional workspace with limited resources.