The DIY Scrap Table

By using old and discarded wood as well as following these directions, you can easily make a DIY scrap table at home.

  • DIY Table
    This DIY table is a great example of upcycling something old into something new.
    Photo courtesy Storey Publishing
  • Leg Template
    This leg template shows the appropriate cuts that need to be made.
    Illustration courtesy Koren Shadmi
  • Table Project
    A side view of the table project.
    Illustration courtesy Koren Shadmi
  • Trestle Base
    An illustration of the trestle base.
    Illustration courtesy Koren Shadmi
  • Scrap Table
    In "Guerilla Furniture Design," Will Holman provides several innovative designs for re-purposing old cardboard, wood, plastic and steel into something that can be used in the home. From desks made from old doors, to tables made from scrap, this book offers a way to make modern furniture with salvaged parts.
    Cover photo courtesy Storey Publishing

  • DIY Table
  • Leg Template
  • Table Project
  • Trestle Base
  • Scrap Table

More often than not, it can be far more fulfilling to find something constructive to build with an old piece of wood rather than throw it out. Guerilla Furniture Design (Storey Publishing, 2015) is a great resource for anyone looking to reuse old or discarded materials. Author Will Holman illustrates this perfectly with this DIY desk made from a used door, proving that the material may be old but something completely new can be made. 

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Guerilla Furniture Design.

Scrap Table

Nothing beats a gathering of friends around a big table, raucous with laughter, food, and wine. Nothing brings a room of strangers together like sitting at a community table on bench seating, elbows rubbing. The Scrap Table is 12 feet of gathering goodness, made of lots of tiny pieces laminated with glue and threaded rods. A trestle base is laminated right into the top, making structure and surface inseparable. All the variegated pieces, planed and sanded smooth, turn the wood into petrified strata.


• Two 8-foot 2x6s
• Two 8-foot 2x8s
• Wood glue
• 1 pound 3-inch coarse-thread #8 drywall or deck screws
• Scrap wood strips, 1-3/4 to 4 inches wide
• 2 pounds 2-1/2-inch coarse-thread #8 drywall or deck screws
• Five 1/2-inch-diameter x 36-inch galvanized threaded rods
•Ten 1/2-inch galvanized nuts
• Ten 1/2-inch galvanized washers
• Polyurethane glue
• Two 3/4-inch-diameter x 36-inch galvanized threaded rods
• Eight 3/4-inch galvanized nuts
• Sixteen 3/4-inch galvanized washers
• Finish of your choice


• Pencil
• Tape measure
• Miter saw
• Block plane
• Drill/driver and 5/8 and 1-inch spade bits
• Square
• Circular saw and straightedge guide
• Ratchet wrench
• Clamps (optional)
• Ratchet straps (optional)
• Hacksaw
• Locking pliers
• Belt sander and 80- and 100-grit belts
• Orbital sander with 120-grit sandpaper


1. Cut the 2x6s into eight 48-inch blanks for the legs. Mark a diagonal line from corner to corner of each leg piece, then cut each into two triangles with the circular saw. You should end up with eight leg blanks that are 5-1/2 inches wide at one end and sharply pointed (0 inches wide) at the other.

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