Making A Coffe Table From Your Old Magazines


Magazines or similar of your choice

Epoxy resin

Mod Podge

One sheet of plywood or MDF

2×4 or scraps for leg system

Plywood scraps for legs to table fitment

Optional LED lights for table underglow

Step 1: Magazines

Collect your magazines
Remove the pages you want for your project
Cut them in whatever fashion you want
Make sure you’ll have enough

Step 2: Cutting Plywood

Let’s get the plywood ready to glue all the magazine clippings. We will need a total of 5 pieces. The top, and 4 side pieces.
Grab your 4×8 sheet of plywood or MDF
Cut it in half so your top piece is 48″x48″
Cut the other half into 4 pieces of 12″ or as close as you can get to 12″
Keep in mind the side pieces will only be the height of your magazine pages. We are giving ourselves a little room to trim the pieces to the final height after we glue/epoxy.

Step 3: Magazine Glue Up

Apply Mod Podge to the surface of the wood
Place your magazine clippings on the surface
When all your pieces are on the wood, apply another layer of Mod Podge
Repeat steps on all 5 pieces of plywood
Don’t worry about magazines overhanging, we can always cut these off later

Step 4: Epoxy Resin

When your pieces are completely dry, it’s time for Epoxy Resin! This is one of my favorite parts but it’s also the most important so be sure to take your time! A clean and warm shop is a must. We want the epoxy to be able to cure correctly and without dust in it.
Put down a plastic sheet wherever you’re going to be doing the epoxy resin
Prop up all 5 pieces to allow the edges to flow with epoxy
Mix your epoxy following the directions of whatever product you use
Pour a nice thick coat on all of your pieces
Use a torch to pop any bubbles that come to the surface
Let it cure for a couple of days

Step 5: Trim Pieces

Set a table saw to your final desired width for your 4 side pieces
Trim accordingly
Cut 45-degree cuts along the top and sides of your 4 side pieces
These cuts are for the seamless edges when they all fit together
Using a circular saw and a straight edge, cut a 45-degree angle on all 4 sides of the top piece
Always remember to double-check your measurements before you cut. Square cuts will make a square table!

Step 6: Table Glue-Up

We have to stick our table together! Presently, this is one of those means that you could completely concoct a superior method for doing it. I lamentably don’t’ have enough braces to use on a venture this way so I extemporized. Utilizing painters tape and weight wound up working very well.
Include two stop squares two side pieces that will be equal from each other (4 stop squares)
Paste and screw these pieces ensuring there’s space for the 45-degree edges to sandwich together
These pieces will consider more grounded corners and not permit the pieces to slide all finished while sticking
Apply paste to every one of your edges
Sandwich them together utilizing painters tape
Apply weight on top for appropriate paste press
Allow it to dry
Recall this is certainly not the most ideal way but rather I was in a slight squeeze and it worked very well for my situation. Utilizing appropriate clasp procedures would in all probability be better.

Step 7: Sanding & Floodcoat

Sand down the entire table with 250 grit or similar to allow for mechanical bond for epoxy
Mix and apply flood coat following the directions of the epoxy resin of your choice
Repeat steps to the 4 side pieces
Avoid lots of drips by minimizing the amount of epoxy resin you pour
When it cures, sand down the entire piece all the way up to 1000 grit
Clean it off to make sure you like the finish
If you want a shiny surface, you don’t have to sand down at this point. It could just use a good polish and you are probably good to go! I wanted a slightly matte finish so I did the sanding to get it there.

Step 8: Table Base

Cut 4 pieces of 2×4 at 12 1/2″ long
Cut 2 pieces of 2×12 or similar at 35″
Cut 2 pieces of 2×12 or similar at 32″
Build a square with 32″ and 35″ pieces
Attach the four 2×4 pieces to each corner of the square
Cut eight 2″ wide strips of plywood or similar at around 16″ in length
Flip over the table
Center the base on the bottom of the table
Place 2″ strips on inside and outside of all 4 sides of the base
Glue/nail or screw in place to create a perfect fit around the table to base

Step 9: Final Buff & LED’s

Give the whole table final sand if it needs it
Apply a finish of your choice (I used a wax finish (link in supplies))
Stick on the LED light strips on the underside of the table
Put the coffee table base in a place where it’s going to go
Place the coffee table on the base

Step 10: Enjoy!

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