How to build a reclaimed wood table

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How to build a reclaimed wood table
Making a reclaimed wood table is good for the environment (Recycle image by sarkee from

Using reclaimed wood for your new table is not only good for the environment but also for your wallet. Just about any type of wood will do the job and you don't need to be a carpenter to make one. Reclaimed wood is often of higher quality than lumber harvested today, therefore a reclaimed wood table will often be of higher quality than a new one. A reclaimed wood table is generally stronger than a new table and is often the highlight of a living room.

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Things you need

  • Flat surface hardwood door
  • Table legs
  • Screw driver
  • Screws
  • 200-Grit Sandpaper
  • Sander
  • Wood varnish
  • Brush
  • Cloth
  • Circular Saw
  • Face Mask

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  1. 1

    Remove the joints from the door. Cut about 6 inches off the side of the door with the circular saw where the handles were so there won't be any holes in the surface of the table.

  2. 2

    Sand the surface of the door with the sander and the grit paper. If the door was painted sand it until you have a clear wood surface.

  3. 3

    Sand the edges of the door with the sander and the grit paper.

  4. 4

    Wipe the surface of the door with a dry cloth. Apply the varnish with a brush and wait until it dries. Wear a face mask during the process.

  5. 5

    Mark the table where you will screw the table legs on. Screw the table legs onto the door. You can get table legs in most furniture shops. Follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines. The table is ready.

Tips and warnings

  • The most suitable doors for this table are hardwood doors as they are more durable and will last longer. Use a main door if you want to have a thick table top.
  • Use a face mask when applying varnish as the chemicals could harm your lungs.

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