How to Make a Table From a Drum

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How to Make a Table From a Drum
Turn a pair of congas into matching end tables. ( Images)

Repurposing an old object and transforming it into something useful and new is a rewarding task to accomplish. Drums come in a range of sizes and shapes, from the wide bass drum common in marching bands to the tall, narrow conga drum in Latin music. Turning old drums into end tables, nightstands or coffee tables can add a musical theme to a room.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Wood or clear acrylic or glass
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw or scroll saw or power saw with acrylic blade

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  1. 1

    Measure the diameter of the drum head across the centre, at its widest point.

  2. 2

    Select from either wood, clear acrylic or glass for the tabletop. Clear acrylic and glass allow you to see the drum underneath, while wood covers the drum head, but still leaves the base visible as a main component of the table.

  3. 3

    Draw a circular shape with a diameter at least six inches wider than the drum head onto the tabletop material of choice. Use a jigsaw or scroll saw to cut out a wood shape and sand the edges. Use a power saw with a special blade for acrylic to cut this material. Purchase a precut piece of glass for the tabletop, unless you are highly skilled at glass cutting.

  4. 4

    Place the drum where the table will be located and lay the tabletop in the centre. Decorate the tabletop with a tablecloth, accessories or any desired objects.

Tips and warnings

  • If using wood, paint the tabletop for a more finished look.

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