Make a Table Out of an Old Door

Edited by Emmanuel M. Lardizabal, Eng, Anonymous, Laurel Waddell and 1 other

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Tables can come in many different forms and shapes. Some are circular, some are square but mostly they are rectangular in form. Tables are used for dining, and can be used as a stand for decorations such as figurines and vases. They are also used for different purposes. For those individuals that are really creative they might be used as cabinets, or even transformed into a baby crib. Tables are useful for just about any purpose. Many items are suitable for other uses when they are no longer needed for their original intended purpose. An old door can be transformed into something new. It may be used in making cabinets. It can also be used to make a table. Here are some steps that show how to Make a Table Out of an Old Door.

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List of materials needed to make a table out of a door

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    4 pieces of 2 by 2 by 36" wooden boards.
    These will serve as the table's legs. They will be positioned and attached to each of the four corners of the old door and will be attached and will serve as the table's support.
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    Paint, stain, or varnish.
    Paint, stain or varnish should be used to make your table look like a newly purchased table. This will make your table more presentable. Paint, stain or varnish will also serve to protect the re-purposed door now to be transformed into a table from water stains. The wood that the table is make from will be protected because each of these three produce offer water seal protection.
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    Pencil.
    Use a pencil as your marker. You will need it to draw marks where you will be fastening the 2 by 2 boards that serve as the table's support.
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    Ruler or tape measure.
    This will be used in measuring the distances of the four 2 by 2 by 36 " wood pieces. It will also be use in measuring the length where the 2 by 2s should be placed and attached.
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    Cloth and water.
    The cloth and water will be used in wiping the old door in order to remove dirt and to clean it.
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    Old door.
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    An old door that is no longer in use, perhaps one that is just sitting in storage in a shed, or store room somewhere would be ideal for making your table. Old doors are wonderful items to re-purpose. They can be used in many different ways. It would be a shame to leave a door useless in a storeroom without a purpose!
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    Hammer and 3 inch 16 penny nails.
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    Use a standard sized hammer around 12 nails.
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These are the steps in making your re-purposed old door into table.

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    Grab your old door.
    Find a place that is suitable for working in.
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    Use your wet cloth.
    With a wet cloth, thoroughly clean the table to prepare it for use. Remove any oil stains, glue or peeling paint before painting, staining or varnishing.
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    Make use of your pencil and tape measure.
    Use the pencil and the tape measure or ruler to start measuring and marking the places where you will attach the four 2 by 2 wood pieces that will serve as the table's legs. Be sure that you measure accurately. Each of the legs must be spaced evenly in each of the 4 corners to solidly support the table.
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    Get ready with the four 2 by 2 by 36" boards.
    The boards should all be the same length for table to stand properly when it is finished. Attach them to the old door in the places where you drew your marks.
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    Attach the 2 by 2s using the hammer and nails.
    Take care in using the hammer; watch out for your fingers. Attach the 2 y 2's by driving three nails in triangular pattern through the table top and into the end of each leg.
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    Re wipe.
    After attaching the table's legs wipe your newly handmade table to remove the dirt caused during the making of the table.
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    Paint, varnish, or stain.
    Grab your paint, stain, or varnish and apply. After applying your finishing product, wait until it is dry to use your new table.
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Enjoy using your new table. Be proud of yourself for your creativity and for playing your part in reusing and re-purposing unused materials

Do's and Don'ts in making your table out of a re-purposed door

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    In making the table and in using the hammer, be sure that nobody is behind you.
    Avoid accidentally hitting someone with your back swing.
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    Ask for someone's assistance when you are making your table out of your old door.
    Their assistance may help you to make your table in a shorter period of time.
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    Don't let your children play with nails, they could get hurt or dirty.
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    Measure accurately the distances of the four boards that serve as the table's feet to make sure it is stable.
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    Make sure that the boards are attached securely and that there is no movement in the legs.
    If the boards can move they may become detached from the old door causing the table to collapse.
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Recent edits by: Laurel Waddell, Anonymous, Eng

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