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DIY - Wood Coffee Table

homemade modernHomeMade Modern ist eine amerikanische Online-Design-Quelle, also eine moderne Form der deutschen Selbermachen- bzw. Heimwerker Magazine. Hier werden einfache DIY = Do It Yourself-Rezepte für die Erstellung von modernen Einrichtungsgegenständen veröffentlicht. Es werden kreative Ideen für die Herstellung erschwinglicher Alternativen zu teuren Designer Haushaltswaren geboten, die auch günstig aus Kunststoff-und Spanplatten-Müll hergestellt werden können.

 

HomeMade Modern provide creative ideas for making affordable alternatives to pricey designer home goods and cheap, plastic and particle-board junk. This DIY concrete and wood coffee table is the result. Even though the wood bottom looks quite intricate it's actually really easy to make. Just a few cross cuts with a circular saw is all that's needed to create the base. The assembly is done with finish screws. I casted commercial-grade, white Quikrete Countertop Mix Countertop Mix into a melamine form to make the table top. It's as smooth and hard as stone but weighs about 100 lbs.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Postcard

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Supplies

SUPPLIES:

HomeMade ModernCommercial-Grade Quikrete Countertop Mix in white
Purchase at Home Depot

HomeMade Modern36” long 1 ¼” square Fir Balusters
Purchase at Home Depot
These square balusters are straight, smooth and easy to work with.

HomeMade Modern¾” Melamin board
Purchase at Home Depot
Melamin board is particle board with a smooth laminate surface. It's a great product for making a concrete formwork. I bought a 4’ by 4’ sheet and had four 2 ½” strips cut at Home Depot.

HomeMade ModernScrap 2x4s or 2x2s
Recycle
I used scrap 2x4s and 2x2s to brace the the melamine boards.

HomeMade Modern2 ¼” Trim Head Square Drive Screws
Purchase at Home Depot
These black square drive screws have a small head and a nice appearance.
 

TOOLS:

HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Cordless Drill

HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Circular Saw

 Optional: 
HomeMade ModernRYOBI 18 Volt Impact Driver
You can do this project with just a cordless drill, but having an impact driver to go along with it makes the project go much faster. A driver drill combo is great when you have to pre-drill holes for screws. This eliminates the need to constantly switch out bits.
 

INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Cut balsuters
Use a circular saw to cut four balusters into 12” length pieces and another four balusters into 18” length pieces.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 1



STEP 2: Sand down the rough edges
A few passes of sand paper are all that it takes to clean up the edges of the cut balusters.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 2


STEP 3: Build the form for the concrete table top
The top should be 18” by 36” but use the balusters you cut and a right angle square to layout the top. Use scrap 2x4s or 2x2s as braces for screwing the melamine together.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 3

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 3

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 3


STEP 4: Seal and clean the form
Use latex or silicone caulk to seal the form. Once the caulking is dry, wipe the form to remove dust and dirt before pouring in the concrete.



STEP 5: Mix and pour the concrete
Commercial-grade Quikrete Countertop Mix is easy to work with and has no large pieces of aggregate. This mix is easier to work with but sets up faster so you'll need to work quickly. I used about 1 ½ bags and didn’t use any reinforcement. The top came out about 2” thick and is quite strong.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 5


STEP 6: Pack down the concrete and vibrate the form
Make sure the wet concrete is pack down into every corner and vibrate the form with a hammer.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 6


STEP 7: Let the concrete cure
Let the concrete cure for at least 48 hours before removing the form. The manufactuer suggests covering the concrete to control moisture but I didn't and it came out just fine.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 7


STEP 8: Remove the form
Unscrew the formwork and scrap off any of the caulk that is stuck to the concrete.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 8

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 8


STEP 9: Build the Base
I used 1 screw in each side of each baluster. Even though each joint by itself isn't strong the resulting framework is quite sturdy. To keep the balusters from splitting drill pilot holes before screwing.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 9

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 9

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 9


STEP 10: Put on the top
The concrete top is quite heavy and doesn’t slide but I put a couple screws up through the wood and into the concrete about 3/8” anyway.

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Step 10

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Options

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Options

 

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Options

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Options

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Options

HomeMade Modern DIY EP15 Concrete + Wood Coffee Table Options

Good luck making your own concrete + wood coffee table, and please email or tweet photos to @benuyeda. For more detailed instructions, dimensioned drawings and different variations of the project, check out our soon-to-be-released book.

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