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If you want truly unique and innovative furniture designs, more often than not, you will need to craft it yourself. Using something that you might normally throw away in a craft project not only helps the environment but makes something that was once unwanted junk, beautiful and new. Doing this will also showcase your innovativeness and will give you something to do in your spare time as well. Do you have have a door you want to trash? Instead of junking it, use it to make your own special coffee table!
What it will look like
Your self-styled coffee table will have a cabinet door as the top. The panels which are usually recessed can function as trays. You can add a shelf below if there is some leftover wood. Get a few table legs; steel ones will give a modern look. Thus, you’ll have a practically brand new coffee table almost for free.
- A cabinet or cupboard door
- Grooved floorboards
- Cat’s paw type of pry bar
- Tape measure
- Circular saw, or a table saw
- Natural wax for a top coat
- Table legs
- Nails for woodworking
How to go about making a door coffee table
If there are protruding nails, a cat’s paw can help remove them. If it was a double-door cupboard, then they’ll be a piece to hide the gap between the doors.
For a level surface, smoothen out the area after removing the piece. It could also be retained and used as an outer rim.
The table leg positions should be marked out first. Make sure you don’t secure them too close together, or the table will wobble. Eight inches is the maximum they should be from the table ends.
Carefully mark where you have the drill the screw holes. The length of the screws should, of course, be less than the door’s thickness. So that you don’t drill all the way to the top, wrap some tape around the drill’s bit so that you can gauge the depth. Hold the legs steady and drive in the screws making sure not to knick the surface.
If you want a shelf at the bottom to stack magazines on, you’ll need to fit two tongue and groove types of floorboards together and mark the width of the shelf on their backs. Make sure the shelf is shorter in size compared to the table as it’ll give a recessed look.
Use a circular saw or a table saw to get rid of extra groove or tongue and then cut them to length. Fit both the boards together and clamp them securely. Attach them to the shelf bracket and drill holes for half-inch screws.
For a lovely soft sheen, add a top coat that will seal the wood as well. Use a wax-based conditioner for this purpose. It will prevent the wood from looking too dry.
The finished product will be a real eye-grabber as well as a conversation piece for your guests since it will be unique and handcrafted by you.
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.