I did it.
I fought off the perfection monster and made a table.
- It was INEXPENSIVE
- It is custom made with my own hands to fit- no blood, no tears, not even sweat – just good clean fun.
- I got to use my creative and innovative prowess
- It took only about 3 hours
- It matches the decor of the Oaf (our 5th wheel)
- It looks decent
- Durable (I hope)
The Underbelly (not so pretty side) of my Table
- It is in no way perfect… it has seams, some lumps and bumps
- Not very “green”
In case you would like to make your own table here is the pathway to entablement….
Supplies you will need:
- a scrap (or new) piece of plywood – finish grade (mine is 2.5 x 3.5 feet)
- Self adhesive laminate floor tiles ($.99 each at home depot) I used 11
- Self adhesive edging tape
- Table pedestal hardware
- 2 mounts – one for floor and one for table
Tools you will need
- Saw to cut plywood -table saw or a hand saw will work
- Jigsaw if you want a round table or rounded corners
- a mat knife to cut the laminate
- a small hand sander to smooth your edges, or just plain old sandpaper
- An iron
Step 1. Figure out how tall your table needs to be and buy the right size pole. If you need to cut the pole down to size or add a block on the bottom of your table to increase pole height you can. Mount your hardware into the floor. Set your pole up and play with sitting your rough cut table top on it. Where do you want it? How far out from the wall? Are you going to store it or leave it up?
Cut your table top (plywood) exactly how you want it. I wanted rounded corners and so I used a huge trashcan lid as my rounded corner guide. I eyeballed it. My corners are rounded somewhat differently and traced with a pencil. Then for the first time in my life – I used a power tool. I cut the rounded corners with a jigsaw and then smoothed them with a hand sander. Bumpity, Lumpity, Bump.
Laminate! I peeeeeleed the backing from the laminate $.99 FLOOR TILES (cream to match the kitchen counters) and stuck them on. One by one I sealed them as closely as possible to each other. I recommend smashing your seams together as tightly as possible because they migrate when you go to trim them leaving unsightly little gaps. ick. That glue is STICKY! So watch out, once you seal it – it is a done deal. Cut off the excess laminate with a mat knife while applying slight inward and upward pressure to keep your seams tight. Sand your edges again.
Heat up your iron and get ready to apply your finished edge. This self adhesive edging is cool stuff. You just hold it on while running the hot iron over it and presto. Be sure to leave a little excess up over the top or finished edge so that you can sand it down to be perfectly level with the table top when you are done. Follow the instructions on the package for best results. When you are sanding the edge down be sure to sand into the table so that you don’t pull it loose.
Mount your table hardware on the bottom of your top and POOF! You have a table! Good work.