EMS coffee table

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Project by firemedic posted 02-24-2014 05:28 PM 4900 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What do you do with an old wooden back board, you make a coffee table. This is an old plywood back board that is no longer used on an ambulance and hadn’t been for several years. Though I did still clean it very well with a bleach mix. The base is all oak, with pegged mortise and tenon joints. The legs are salvaged from some old pallets. And the “heart beat” is a piece of steel rod bent and set into the legs. The top was sealed with shellac and polyurethane, the base was given a oil varnish coat.

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#1 posted 02-24-2014 06:09 PM

Very nice. I like the added touch of the heart beat in the ends.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#2 posted 02-24-2014 06:33 PM

Very cool, and well thought out

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-25-2014 12:52 AM

What a cool design. And the EKG tracing in metal is a nice touch.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 02-25-2014 03:56 AM

I would like to borrow this Idea for our renovation project we are doing at our firehouse. this will go very well with theme of room.

-- God is good..All the time

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#5 posted 02-25-2014 07:48 AM

EKG tracing makes this table! Thanks for sharing!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 02-25-2014 12:57 PM

Totally awesome!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#7 posted 02-25-2014 01:11 PM

that heartbeat accent is really nice!

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#8 posted 02-25-2014 01:38 PM

How ingenious! Love the EKG thingie on the ends.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-25-2014 03:27 PM

Well done for raising the bar in re-cycling. Now ALLyou have to do is make receptacles to fit the holes & slots and your work is complete. Don’t know why but I just love seeing the laminates in ply.

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#10 posted 03-02-2014 10:28 PM

My son is an EMT specialist, he trains, he’s a supervisor and works in the field. I’ve asked him about these boards but apparently they were outdated before he got into the field. Makes an awesome coffee table though!

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#11 posted 03-03-2014 05:09 PM

Cool and solid coffee table! Unique design, like the use of old back board and bent steel rod. Awesome work!

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#12 posted 03-27-2014 09:20 PM

Very cool, that is something that would go great in the office lobby at work! Favourited.

wm404 what do they use in place of backboards? Or is it just wooden ones that he hasn’t seen?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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