Vintage Suitcase Coffee Table

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After stopping my mother from throwing out this old suitcase it's sat in my room/car boot for the last year and a half or so. I finally got round to up-cycling it this month.

What I used:

  • 1 No. Old Suitcase
  • 1 No. Sheet of Thin plywood (Approx 1 metre x 1 metre)
  • 4 No. Coffee Table Legs (Purchased mine from Screwfix.ie)
  • 16 No. Nuts & Bolts Sized to match Legs

Tools:

  • Zigsaw
  • Screw Driver
  • Drill
  • Gorilla glue or similar
  • Old Soldering Iron (Optional)

Step 1: Step 1: Strip the Lining

Using a blade i stripped out the lining to leave a better inside material to glue the wood panels to.

My suiitcases lining was a little difficult to cut out so be careful not to damage the leather of the suitcase.

Step 2: Step 2: Fixing the Inside Panels

Measure out two identical sized panels to fit in either size of your suitcase. Using a jigsaw, cut the sections out. Mark the locations of the four legs on each corner of one of the panels.

When you are happy with the location of the legs, using a drill bit matching the size of the holes in the legs drill 16 corresponding holes.

I used gorilla glue and some heavy boxes to hold the panels to the inside of the suitcase for about 1 hour.

Step 3: Step 3: Fixing the Legs

Optional: When I had the panel glued on securely I used an old hot soldering iron to burn a clean hole through the suitcase material through the 16 holes.

Using a manual or electric screwdriver screw in the legs.

Step 4: Step 4: Enjoy

Sit back and enjoy your creation.

I did clean it up with some all purpose cleaner and finish with some shoe leather wax for a deeper and glossier finish.

I did intend on filling the inside with some sort of wooden box inside to prop up the inside a bit more but for now it is propping up to a decent standard on its own.

Thanks for reading!

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