Placing a reclaimed wood coffee table in your living room will come in handy. Not only for placing the coffee cups, but it will be beneficial to store the small items you have. The coffee table can also become a sweet touch for your living room as a decoration.
There are lots of coffee tables that you can buy at stores, but you can also make your own coffee table with reclaimed wood. You can customize it as you like and it will be a one-of-a-kind table that is not sold at stores. Here are some simple DIYs and some tips to maintain the coffee table.
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Simple DIY Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table
There are lots of DIY coffee tables you can try. You can combine the reclaimed wood with other materials, such as some cart wheels, or using the claimed wood only. Each DIY has its own charms and you can choose which one you like the most and which one will suit the living room better.
A. Rustic Coffee Table
If you want a simple coffee table for your house, this rustic coffee table will be the best for you. The design isn’t only simple, but it’s very easy to make. But first, prepare the materials you will need:
(5) 1x4x8 Boards
(3) 1x2x8 Boards
(1) 4x4x8 Post
(2) ½x½x36 inch Square Dowels
(8) Figure 8 Top Fasterners
¾ inch Finish Nails
1 ¼ inch Finish Nails
1 ¼ inch Pocket Hole Screws
1 inch Wood Screws
½ inch Wood Screws
- Make the table legs slimmer by trimming the 4×4 posts. Make two pocket holes in one side of the cross pieces.
- Set the legs side-by-side and make sure that the pocket holes are facing the same way. Measure from the short edge and mark 4 ½ inches for the height.
- Attach the pieces starting from the back-right leg using ½x½ dowels. Attach the pieces using drill and repeat the process to join the front leg.
- Attach the ½x½ inch cleat to the backside of the base support using nails. Mark 7 inches on the inside of each leg from the top edge. Then, install the end pieces of the base using the drill and 1 ¼ inch screws.
- Start assembling the legs one by one using 1 ¼ inch screws. Attach the cross pieces between the bases using 1 ¼ inch screws. Add the slats with ½ inch spacing using wood glue.
- Assemble the tabletop using 1 ¼ inch screws and add the ½ boards for the tabletop trim and secure the trims with nails.
- Install figure 8 fasteners on each apron board and drill using 1 inch screws to secure the fastener. Secure the base with the tabletop by screwing the fastener using ½ inch screws.
B. Wheeled Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table
The wheeled coffee table is a unique coffee table that you can have in your living room. The table is also easy to make and it doesn’t cost you a fortune to own one. Here are the materials and steps to take.
(2) 2x6x8 Board
(2) 2x8x8 Board
(4) 8 inch Diameter Casters
(4) 2x4x29 inch Board for supports
1 ¼ inch Washer Head Screws
2 ½ Kreg Pocket Hole Screws
2 inch wood screws
- Assemble the tabletops and secure them with 2 ½ inch screws. Drill the pocket holes in the tabletop tims and attach them with wood glue to secure them with 2 ½ inch screws. Install 2 supports using 2 inch wood screws.
- Coat the tabletop with wood stain and wait before you wipe it. After 5 minutes, you can wipe it with a clean cloth and blend the uneven stain. After it completely dries, you can apply the coat.
- Attach the casters using the hex screws and install the rest of the supports. Paint the casters using black spray paint to enhance the rustic feel.
Tips to Maintain the Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table
Reclaimed wood can last for a long time, but it doesn’t mean that you can have it for a long time without proper maintenance. Some of the reclaimed woods that you buy from the stores aren’t treated yet and it will make the coffee table easy to get stains.
1. Treating the Store-bought Reclaimed Woods
If you are buying the wood to make the coffee table, you will need to check the finish. The finish here is important because it will protect the coffee table and you can clean it easier later. It is ok if you buy the unfinished wood to make the coffee table, but you will need to apply vanish, wax, or oil after you finish building the table.
Each of them will give a different finish to the table. The varnish will give the table a smooth and glossy finish. The oil will protect the table while maintaining the natural grains of the woods. The wax will prevent the woods from becoming darker, but you will need to regularly apply the wax in the first few months.
2. Preventing Damage
Reclaimed woods are durable and can withstand the weather if they are placed outdoors. However, you will still need to give extra care to prevent it from getting damaged and have it for a long time. The first thing you need to do is to keep the coffee table out of the direct sunlight. The direct sunlight here will make the color fade and sometimes, the UV rays can also damage the table.
You will also need to keep it away from heat because the high temperature will make the table cracks, dries, splits, or shrinks. Then, the coffee table will get stained easily when you place the cups directly on the table. The moisture will damage the table and form rings on. To prevent it, you will need to use coasters to put the cups.
3. Cleaning the Reclaimed Wood Table
Cleaning the coffee table regularly is recommended if you want to have it for a long time. You can wipe the table with a soft cloth and also a small brush to clean each nook and cranny. Avoid using chemical ingredients because it can damage the wood.