1960s Era YMCA Basketball Floor Transformed into a Coffee Table

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Project by Matthew T. Smith posted 07-17-2013 09:21 PM 3575 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently a long time administrator and supporter of the Central YMCA in Raleigh, NC commissioned me to design and build a coffee table incorporating a saved section of the old gym floor from the 60s era YMCA. Several sections of the old basketball court were saved at the time of renovation. Some sections were used for artwork in the new lobby of the YMCA. Meanwhile, I created a conversation piece for an athletic family’s family room.

Woodleaf Studios took apart the 1 inch thick solid maple tung and groove flooring by removing nails, then we glued the floor pieces back together and planed off the old finish and paint. We finished the table with orange shellac and a clear lacquer top coat. The base is made of sapele, a mahogany like wood. The edges of the top reveal the tung and groove pattern of the floor.

So rather than having a book as the conversation piece the table itself serves that purpose!

-- Matthew, North Carolina,

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#1 posted 07-17-2013 09:24 PM

very nice restoration

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#2 posted 07-17-2013 11:17 PM

Good use of a great piece of wood. Nostalgia there by the truckloads. My father had a workbench made from a piece of bowling alley- solid maple and weighed tons.

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#3 posted 07-17-2013 11:58 PM

Wow, very cool table.

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#4 posted 07-18-2013 02:57 AM

This is tremendous!

-- It's better to have a tool and not need it than to need a tool and not have it.

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#5 posted 07-18-2013 08:24 AM

Nice restore,,,, Great finish…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 07-19-2013 09:06 PM

Looks great, very cool table. Great recycle of the old gym floor. Like how you retained the old paint, has lots of character. Great finish too.

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