Thursday Doors: The Door Table

I made this table from the old cellar door that was on our house. It had to be replaced last year and was partially water damaged. You can see the original door here. I liked the part that was undamaged and the vintage hardware. I cut away the bad material and built a frame to support the legs. To make the legs, I borrowed my father’s tapering jig and learned how to use it. It needed a bit of bracing on the legs. The base is made from recycled pallets that I get from a local ceramic tile shop. I cleaned up the metal parts of the hardware and repainted the black portions with glossy black paint.

47 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: The Door Table

  1. Judy @ NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    Very cool project, and I’m pretty sure it might be the first Thursday Door ‘table.’ We’ve used doors for temporary tables, desks, sewing area, work area, and for plant displays. But, this might be the first permanent door table I’ve seen, and I like everything about it – repurposing, color, and great hardware. Nice one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. I really like to try to figure out new ways to use old items. I’m not always able to. This door sat in the barn a few months before I got the idea for table. They must have some cool old doors in Latvia. Cheers

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      1. milfordstreet Post author

        Well, to balance it out, there is also a big picture window out there that I was going to make into a cold frame for my wife. It’s been there years and is no closer to being a cold frame.

      2. Ilze

        I had to Google for “cold frame”! OMG! That is something I need to!! But it looks easier to me than door table!

  2. Norm 2.0

    Sorry I almost missed this one – if you’re not using the link-up list please don’t forget to add a tag “Thursday Doors” to make it easier for me to find it.
    That is definitely our first door/table. A very clever way to give an old door new life.
    I got into making tables with tapered legs when I first started in woodworking and have a similar jig in my shop ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. 3C Style

    This is a really cool project Chris. Re-using old stuff into a useful piece is art. And very stylish if I may add. Love the mix of hues. That’s what I call Engrained in Nature. You did a great job!

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    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. It was one of my favorite projects. I like that phraseโ€Engrained in Natureโ€. I just wish I was better at seeing possible uses for old, discarded things like I did here. Cheers

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      1. 3C Style

        My problem is that I have too many ideas. I need to learn how to use the hammer and saw. Lol. If you want you can send me photos of the stuff you want to re-use, and perhaps I may have some project ideas for you. Just a suggestion. By the way, you said that you have lots of pallet woods. There are many cool projects for these on Pinterest. Just look at this link: https://www.pinterest.ca/pin/809310995510472009/

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        Thank you. I may take you up in your offer. Sometimes, Iโ€™ll be at a market selling used goods and find something I think is interesting but canโ€™t figure out how Iโ€™d use it. Usually, I end up not buying something I canโ€™t think of a purpose for. Thanks for the Pinterest link. Iโ€™ll check it out tonight at home. Iโ€™ve seen some of their pallet projects and like them. The wood has such character.

      3. milfordstreet Post author

        Well, my poor typing skills led me to delete your nice comment about Pinterest projects and your anniversary party. My apologies. I was trying to say that I liked some of the ideas on Pinterest for organizing garden tools. Lord knows we could use a better way to store all the shovels, rakes, etc. Garden furniture is interesting and fun. Last year, I traded some used mahogany (former deck flooring) for use of my table saw. I made a really nice bench for our yard using the wood. It has a nice red color with just a coat of oil on it.
        Congratulations on the anniversary. That’s nice of your father to have a party for you. It’s too bad you’ll miss the Happy Place. Perhaps, it will make it to Montreal.

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