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Upcycle an old door into a table

Special piece of furniture, for unique people! Build with this detailed guide, your own dining  table from an old door and save not only money, but create a great eye-catcher for your own home.

Material Tools
1x old Door/Gate/Window Circular Saw/Mitre Saw
2x Table legs Angle Grinder
2x Shutter Hinge Screwdriver
Hardwax Oil Paintbrush
Hexagon Bolts Wire Brush for Angle Grinder
Screws Fan Disc for Angle Grinder

Step 1: Remove the paint

First, I dismantled the gate on the spot. It consisted of about 30cm wide and 300cm long boards. So overall, one half of the gate was two meters wide. After dismantling the gate, I removed all the paint, with the help of my angle grinder.

Tip: It's best to do the job outside because it produces a lot of dust.

Next, I roughly removed the paint using the wire brush attachment. It should be noted that the brush needs to rotate with the grain, otherwise it'll tear the fibres of the wood. Afterwards I equipped my angle grinder with a fan blade 40 grit and removed the remaining paint. This step is very tedious and requires many hours of work depending on the size of the door.

Step 2: Adjusting the Length and Width

With the help of my mitre saw I now cut my abraded boards to a length of 2.60 meters. Here, however, I have taken care that I do not cut away features such as worm infestation, holes or even cracks. These traditional things make the table later a unique piece of furniture. After that I start to saw the table at a right angle, to do this I screw the boards from the underside together with two pieces of squared timber.

Then I draw with an angle on each corner a line  and cut along this line with my circular saw and thus achieve a right-angled table top.

Step 3: The Finish

The boards are connected and in a right angle. Since this board is to be used as a dining table where, of course, things like red wine, coffee or other foods, could leave annoying stains, are consumed, you need to make sure, that your table top is protected. The magic word in this case is hard wax oil, this oil-wax mixture protects the table top against unwanted stains. For this I have wiped the plate with a damp cloth to free it of dust and dirt and then applied a first layer with a brush, generously. After drying it for 24 hours, I then applied a second layer of the hard wax oil so that really no dirt gets to the wood. Unfortunately, hard wax oil has one disadvantage, it takes up to 10 days to fully harden.

Step 4: Attaching the table legs

Building your own furniture doesn't always mean building everything yourself. Of course, it always has to be adapted to the know-how of the builder. For example, I was a bit unquestioning about the table legs, I had a lot of ideas but none was especially high quality, except the one where I wanted to weld steel legs to a shape of a trapeze. But for the time being I lacked the knowledge, which is not bad because you can learn everything.

I ordered the table legs from a furniture store. I thought it was great because our facility has many white accents and everything else would have destroyed the coherence.

Step 5: Assembling and Decorating

The table legs I now screwed with 3 screws per leg onto the corners of the board. The provisional slats I let for additional stabilization be. Now the table can practically be already used. But because the table was a door I have bought Shutter Hinges that are about 10cm shorter than the table top.

I then screwed them on with hexagon screws at the top and bottom.

Creative idea: The Shutter Hinges and the table legs could have also been painted black, to put an even bigger effect onto the board of the table.

hope that you like the idea of recycling old doors and that you keep your eyes open for your own piece of jewelry.

Until next time.


P.S. For more inspiration look up our guide about Upcycling: Turn old into new.

AuthorPatrick Jung
Reading time7 minutes

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