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  1. #1
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    Dec 2006
    Oliver Springs, TN

    old door table

    A friend asked if I could make her a coffee table using an old door that belonged to her great grandmother. She said it was her back door for what that's worth. It was really rough! It had peeling pant, and what I think might have been varnish maybe. I forgot to get a before picture, but here is what I was left with after I scraped most of the paint and finish off. Click image for larger version. 

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    She had a picture of one made from a six panel door that had been cut and the off cuts used as the legs. This one was a three panel, so I couldn't do that, so I made a couple of raised panels to act as the legs. She said the whole door was too big for a table, so I cut it down to 5'. I saved the bottom rail and moved it up. I had to match the finish from the old wood to the new, which took some experimentation to get it close. It's not perfect, but it'll do. She wanted a shelf underneath and on wheels so she can roll it around if need be. I made the shelf panel from some tulip poplar I cut a couple of years ago. Here you go with the finished pics. Almost forgot, she wanted me to leave the knobs and hinges on.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    That's very good and the distressed look gives it a lot of character. I think I would have cut a plug for the door handle hole. Nice job!

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  3. #3
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Sure to be cherished, nicely done John, looks great from here!
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Nice job, and the family history, plus all the dings and hardware makes it a one of a kind item. Great job!
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  5. #5
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    Mar 2014
    Humid Gulf Coast
    I like the color and the distressed look. It certainly is a one of a kind piece. Nice job
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