Have any old doors lying around? For some reason people have been throwing them at me lately (not literally) but Kennys folks had about three, my brother had 2 and some coworkers even tried to give me some old doors. I suppose one is enough for now! Ana White has multiple projects that include using hollow core doors so i thought i’d try it! And from a recent post here you know that I’ve been on the search for a new computer desk. So i decided to recycle this old yucky door into a new pretty desk!
First step was to cut that sucker down. A full length door would be better used for a dining table (which I’ve seen done!) But considering i have no need currently for a dining table… here we go. The trick with this is to score the wood first so it doesn’t fray. A circular saw is definitely the way to go. If you don’t have any tools, you can always borrow them from a neighbor or you can just rent them from home improvement stores. Since cutting the door in half weakens the door on the cut side, your best bet is to find a piece of wood to fit and clue and nail her in there. I plan on putting this desk through a lot so the best bet it to make her a sturdy and stable as possible.
Step two: find a piece of scrap wood to fit and glue. Step three: wedge the glue covered wood into the space. And last, staple gun that sucker in there just incase!
Then I used Patch n paint spackling to fill the small holes and then a more heavy duty hole filler for the hinges. I decided to leave the hole for the door knob and use it to hide all of my computer cables.
The next step: legs! Incase you don’t remember, here is the basic table idea that i was trying to duplicate:
This design is from West Elm and you can take a look here. Mine is a lot wider and deeper so I had to make adjustments to the depth and width of the legs so they fit to the door. Instead of an in depth step by step, heres the overview:
Heres the skinny:
A. Select wood – since I was workin at Mr. H’s shop, he had tons of scraps which made this entire project Free!
B. Slightly panic as Mr. H shows me how to use a table saw. *Let me explain. I’m down with power tools. They pretty much excite me. But that thing is just scary… especially for someone clumsy like me! Two power tools i will (hopefully) never use: Table saw & chain saw.
C. View of Mr. H
severing a limb cutting the wood
D&E. Sanding all the sharp edges
F&G: Let me introduce you to the BRILLIANT invention of Biscuits!
H: We used a biscuit joint cutter to cut slits in all the wood. Instead of using expensive screws or a Kreg Jig that takes ages to predrill all the holes, you easily cut slits in the wood then a biscuit and some glue. It makes incredibly strong joints and saves cash in the long run.
i: After the biscuits were glued and inserted in the joints, the wood was completely solid.
j: Here i measured furring strips to make cleaner edges and cover the plywood edges
k: I may have gone clamp crazy. since using nothing but glue, you gotta make sure theres no gaps!
l: Next i nailed the furring strips in place (this actually came before K but who is judging?!)
m: used more of the spackling for filler on the edges.
Next steps: sanding the filler, painting and putting the whole thing together! *Hopefully* soon!