Part 1: The decision making process
Today as I got home, I noticed that my neighbours were moving out. Among the things that they were throwing out was an old dresser. I really didn’t like it, I actually hated it the first few times I walked by it. Then they put a “free” sign on it, and all of a sudden I needed it.
I knew I could get some decent wood *childish snicker* by breaking it down.
After an hour of breaking down the dresser, salvaging what I could. I have what I think would make a good table top, and some wood I can use in future projects. I’d say I got about $60 worth of material out of this dresser. Not to mention I will be donating all of the brass pulls to Habitat for Humanity *Cough* sponsor me *Cough*
Okay, so the pinterest board for this project is short, but it was a last minute project. I decided to create the legs for the table out of metal pipes, which give it a rustic modern feeling. (I have no idea if that made sense, I just think it looks cool)
Part 2: Some actual work
So, here is the table top piece of wood from the dresser, I have cut it down to make the sofa table top. Sofa tables are generally narrow and long, and fit behind a sofa to space out a room.
In the picture below I have sanded off half of the varnish and stain, I noticed the really flared wood grain and loved it. I have decided that I will just be putting a clear coat on top of it. A clear coat will just seal the wood and keep it looking shiny without making it darker.
Below is a picture of all the material needed to make the legs, I used iron/metal pipe that is pre-cut to certain lengths and is threaded on both sides. This makes assembly easy.
To make the legs I have used
8x mounting brackets
4x 18″ pipe
4x 10″ pipe
I used these specific measurements so that the top of the table will line up with the futon. (the next step is getting an actual sofa)
Next up is the clear coat, this just makes the table nice and shiny. As well, we have to paint the legs black. I have just used a flat black primer to paint the legs, but first I made sure to rub them down with steel wool. This is to get the grease off and rough up the metal to take the paint.
Alright, I have discovered something fun. You should only apply clear coat in a small unventilated area if you want to kill some brain cells. I do these things so you can learn from my mistakes. (on the positive side I think the table looks better, on the other end I could be hallucinating)
Make sure you get the proper size screws, I almost poked a hole in the table with a long screw. I saved it just in time. Here is the final product, I hope you all enjoyed this project, I know I have.
I’m actually writing this blog entry on the table, so yeah, I’m happy.
Part 3: The overview
Wood: Free (but I did stab myself with a pry bar, so I literally bled for this project)
Pipe: $50 (usually will be more expensive, but I found some sales and had some of the pieces)
Paint & clear coat: $15
Breaking down the dresser: 1 hour
Sanding the table top: 1 hour
Painting the legs & applying the clear coat: 1 day (including dry time)
Total: 1 day
I really enjoyed this project, it was very easy to build and if you are new to building things I would recommend starting with something like this. Only use a table saw if you are confident & have used one before.
Once again, if you have any questions or comments please comment below or send me an email. I would be more than happy to discuss this project.