New Top for a cheap table

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Project by KenBry posted 01-29-2012 07:09 PM 1453 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a bargin bin End Table and put a new top on it. The table normally sells at LazyBoy for $250. That’s with the black top. I got it at the outlet store for $20.

I bought the Claro Walnut online for $125. All said and done I have $160 invested. I think it looks great. We bought the original table because we had a small space that was wedge shaped that we needed to fill with it. Now it just looks MUCH better.

You can see what the Old top looked like, I laid it over the new one in the last picture.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 07:21 PM

Wow that’s amazing looking wood great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 08:14 PM

You have done such a nice job with the top, and the grain is so beautiful, that I think you need a better table underneath! Not only is it a great looking top but, it looks like the right choice for the decor as well. At the very least you will now have to make a coaster set to keep watermarks off. And I wonder if there is some way you could light it to bring out the chatoyance?

BTW: that’s $160, not including labor and utilities, right? ;-)

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 08:25 PM

Beautiful woodgrain.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 08:25 PM

Gorgeous Walnut. Nice finding the table and a great job of flashing it up.. well done.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 08:42 PM

Really came out great, nice table

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 01-30-2012 04:12 AM

Actually $160 is pretty close. The labor time was probably a total of 45 min. Glue up, cut to shape, route edge, sand and apply finish. It was all very easy to do. I had to do more waiting to let the 5 coats of finish dry.
Thanks for all the kind words

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#7 posted 02-10-2012 01:09 PM

The depth of figure on the bookmatched top is incredible. Claro is probably my favorite wood.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 02-16-2012 01:18 PM

Wow, the wood is amazing. Nice job. The table looks great.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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