EP. 36 DIY BOWLING LANE COFFEE TABLE
Today on Modern Builds, I'm turning an old piece of bowling lane into a modern industrial coffee table. If you want to find a piece of bowling lane for yourself, check your local craigslist. I looked on mine, and some were available.
MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES:
Industrial By Design 16" Frame Style Legs: http://amzn.to/1ZQ6yi9
Wood Glue: http://amzn.to/1XoJucf
STEP ONE: GET A LANE
I got a reclaimed lane from a friend of my dad's. It was used as a workbench top and in really rough shape.
STEP TWO: CUT YOUR LANE
I used the circular saw to cut the lane to 22"x44". Be aware, I cut through some nails. Don't use your favorite blade on this!
STEP THREE: ADD STRETCHERS
The bowling lane isn't rigid, so I added some wooden stretchers to keep everything square.
STEP FOUR: CLEAN IT UP
I used a belt sander to clean up the face of the slab as well as to remove the tongue from the tongue and groove joinery on the edge.
STEP FIVE: ADD TRIM
I used walnut to trim out the slab. I used a forstner bit on the drill press to cut holes for dowels centered 5" from each edge. I also added one in the middle of each long piece.
I clamped and glued the trim pieces onto the slab. Once the glue dried, I drilled out holes on the lane for the dowels.
STEP SIX: SAND, SAND, SAND
STEP SEVEN: ADD THE ARROWS
I made a simple stencil out of a piece of paper of a 4" tall 1" wide triangle. Then spray painted arrows on the slab.
I sanded the arrows after the glue dried to distress them to match the lane.
STEP EIGHT: ADD LEGS
I used the 16" steel frame style legs from Industrial By Design. They look great, and I couldn't be happier with them. I cleaned them off with some grease and wax remover, then screwed them to the lane.
STEP NINE: ADD A FINISH
I used a Satin wipe on polyurethane from Minwax.
That's all there is to it! I hope you enjoyed it and go out and make your own. If you do, don't forget to tag me in a picture of it!
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