How to make a table top from hardwood floors

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How to make a table top from hardwood floors
Make your own personalised, rustic table tops out of hardwood flooring. (The surface-treated natural wood boards image by Supertrooper from Fotolia.com)

Wood tables can add a classical air to the decor of your home and making them yourself is a fun, inexpensive way to spruce up both your house and your craftsmanship. Although there are many types of wood you can use to build a table top, hardwood floors are a good, sturdy material to work with. Before you design and create a dining room table, start with a smaller project, such as an end table, to practice the trade.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Power mitre saw
  • Hardwood plank
  • Measuring tape
  • Carpenter's square
  • Wood glue
  • Large glue clamp
  • Cloth or paper towel
  • Fine sand paper
  • Optional:
  • Wood stain
  • Wood seal

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a simple diagram to plan out the dimensions of the table top you would like to make. Mark the table top's length and width measurements on the diagram.

  2. 2

    Adjust your mitre saw to cut at a 90 degree angle.

  3. 3

    Cut your hardwood planks about 1 inch from ends with the mitre saw. This will ensure that the final project has smooth, uniform sides.

  4. 4

    Slip the metal hook of a measuring tape over the end of a plank. Pull the tape to measure the length you need and make a small mark there with a pencil. Extend the pencil mark across the width of the plank with a carpenter's square.

  5. 5

    Line up the blade of the mitre saw with the pencil mark and cut the plank. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for the remaining pieces.

  6. 6

    Arrange your cut planks on a floor or table, placing them together width-wise. Apply wood glue to the long edges of the boards that you will glue together, then clamp the planks together with a large glue clamp.

  7. 7

    Wipe away any excess wood glue with a cloth or paper towel and allow the glue holding the planks together to dry completely.

  8. 8

    Remove the clamp and sand away any remaining excess wood glue. Stain or seal the wood if you wish.

Tips and warnings

  • Always be careful when using an electric saw; use gloves and safety glasses to prevent injury.

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