Build a Reclaimed Wood Dining Table

| 2/11/2013 11:34:59 AM

This article originally appeared on Instructables and is reposted with permission from the author. 

I recently moved into my first house and was in need of a dining room table. I saw a picture of a table that used an old section of bowling lane for its top and decided that I'd like to build something similar for myself.Finished Table With about 30 hours of work over a few months, I was able to turn a tattered piece of wood into a beautiful, sturdy table that should never need replacement.   

To find the lane section, I did a Craigslist search for bowling lanes and happened to find a guy about 50 miles away from me who was selling lane sections that he procured during a demolition job. I paid about $300 for an 8-foot section with the arrow inlays. The section was about 2.5 inches thick and weighed about 250 pounds.

I've included a .dxf (AutoCAD) file of the wooden leg parts on Instructables so that anyone can build one if they'd like. But you also could easily recycle legs from another old piece of furniture to make this table, however, make sure any substitute is sturdy as the top may weigh over 250 pounds.

Step 1: Preparing the LaneStep 1 A 

The first step in the process was to add support to the lane section to keep it from sagging. When the lanes are installed in the bowling alley, they are built in place. The builders lay down long strips of maple and side-nail them to the adjacent maple pieces. No glue is used in the entire process, which means the lane doesn't behave like a single slab or wood once it's taken up from the floor.  All of the maple pieces are still tied together via the nails, but the lane has a certain amount of flex. If not supported properly, the lane will sag quite dramatically in the middle due to its weight. To add support to the lane, I chose to inlay aluminum bars widthwise across the bottom of the table.  

Using a hand router and a piece of metal to serve as a guide, I routed out three pockets across the width of the table. Step 1 BI made the pockets three-quarters-inch wide to accommodate the five-eights-inch aluminum square stock. I made sure to make the pockets a little deeper than necessary because I needed to sand the bottom of the lane section, and I didn't want the belt of the sander to touch the metal pieces.  

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