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A simple cheap table - don't throw away those old doors

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Project by slydog posted 12-12-2018 03:15 PM 893 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever had a need for a quick table (for us it was Thanksgiving). We had some doors replaced and I held on to the old ones. These make a perfect table. Lay the table cloth over it and no one will know the difference.

The frame is all made from scrap wood:

- 2×2’s are from father-in-law when he removed signs from the neighborhood esplanades
- 1×2’s were from an old towel drying rack
- cedar fence boards were from a left-over fencing project

The dimensions are mostly keyed off the size of the door. The only dimension is the height, which I made close to 31”. The technical detail is that this door is hollow, so all you really have to secure the door to the frame is its wood frame around the outside, so it’s a sunk 45 degree screw. I pre-drilled every screw hole to avoid splitting, but didn’t countersink because of the softness of the wood. Just to avoid guest accidents, I duct taped over the door handle opening.

The picts should fairly well describe this couple hour (or less) project.




-- slydog, Houston





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pottz

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#1 posted 12-12-2018 04:36 PM

nothing wrong with a quick fix,i used to bring our large patio table in for holiday dinners,like you say no one knows whats under the table cloth.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 03:16 AM

Not sure about a “quick Fix” Aurora has used one for years as a sewing table

Nice light and a big surface area

-- Regards Rob

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 04:06 AM

A resale place near me has some doors that have what appear to be mahogany for the frames. One wouldn’t be able to make anything cheap from them, because they are asking prices like $200 for one door. What they don’t realize is that the really nice center panels are painted onto MDF. It looks like some exotic wood grain, which could be driving the price. Then again, that same store will ask for double the cost on a piece of copper pipe Vs what it would cost at a local hardware store…or retail+ for paint thinner.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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slydog

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 04:58 AM

What was another or at least a positive of using a (interior) door, was the end product was extremely light. That was a comment made by my son when we moved it from shop to house – flexing his youthful muscles did him little good here :D

-- slydog, Houston

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slydog

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 05:00 AM

I like the sewing table. Just another reason to not always throw away a slab door when you decide to change to something like a 6 panel. Then again, even if you’ve a paneled door a simple 1/8” sheet on the top would be sufficient for these kinds of targets, IMO.

-- slydog, Houston

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slydog

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#6 posted 12-13-2018 05:08 AM

I suspect that if you wanted to reach out to some “re-model” company and became friends, you could get some of these old slab doors pretty easily [just so that they don’t have to haul them off].

-- slydog, Houston

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pottz

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#7 posted 12-13-2018 02:40 PM



Not sure about a “quick Fix” Aurora has used one for years as a sewing table

Nice light and a big surface area

- robscastle


poor woman, its too bad she doesn’t know a woodworker that could make her a nice one-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 12-13-2018 03:14 PM

Awesome Idea, I did something similar with a piece of plywood and a pool table for xmas one year.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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