Bowling Alley top side tables

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Project by LoganN posted 01-04-2019 09:43 PM 989 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friends of mine have a dining room table made out of a bowling alley and asked me to make some side tables for them. They liked the mission style, so I made the bases of ash in that style. These are made with dominoes

The tops are from a bowling alley floor. If you ever have the opportunity to work with some floors like this – DON’T!! Seriously, this was some terribly difficult wood to work with. The flooring is 2.75” thick, full of nails and checks, and difficult to square up. I cleaned up the sides and then did a 1/2” maple frame around them.

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#1 posted 01-05-2019 03:15 AM

cool idea but thanks for the heads up buddy,ill stay clear.nice job though!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 01-05-2019 03:17 AM

I hear ya about most bowling alley lane wood. Some of the really old places actually had thick and wide wood, then someone said Laminated, and that turned into a nail-a-thon. Stuff isn’t just a PIA, it’s dangerous, like trying to woodworking a porcupine.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 01-05-2019 12:54 PM

Nice ’’butcher block’’ deisgn…I like the wood combination and striped top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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