Keep it Fun, Cheap, ‘Green’

You’d really like to have some cool furniture, but you don’t have the money for the expensive stuff. This is the time to think about furniture you can build. It can be fun and inexpensive. This may finally be the motivation you need to throw yourself into the “green” age. These days its all about green, cheap, unique and do-it-yourself.

We have a short list of used office furniture you can build on your own. This list will be sure to get your creative juices flowing so you can think up some of your own designs.

If you’re into cars, then this is the project for you. A great starting point is the local junkyard. For a steering wheel end table, you’ll want a few junkyard items. For about $30.00 you can get a steering wheel, a crankshaft and a flywheel. You’re going to get a little greasy, so get ready for that.

You have your parts, and now you need your welding mask. Weld the crankshaft and flywheel together, set steering wheel on top. When you’ve got it just right, add glass to the steering wheel and polish. Everyone will love this unusual décor, especially car lovers.

This is another one of those fairly easy pieces of furniture you can build yourself. It is a coffee table from reclaimed wood. Old wood is always easy to find. Someone else is always tearing down old wood in buildings or redoing their deck. There might even be an old stack of wood or railroad ties somewhere nearby. This makes it really easy to design furniture you can build.

The first thing to do is get four long pieces as sides for your table and make sure they’re the same size. For the base of the table you’ll need four short pieces, (the same size). Your base pieces and side pieces need to be glued together. Adding angle anchors will keep all the pieces from slipping. Now you’ll need to do this for all the other three sides. You can leave your table distressed looking or sand and stain it.

You’ll need to make a frame of plywood sheet. Then you’ll attach strips from the wood. There needs to be a ¼-inch edge on each side. This should be left to dry. Using more angle anchors, you’ll screw the frame sheet to each base. Completely cover the frame with 1/8″ inch tiles you’ve cut from your wood. Place all these tiles down evenly with glue and let dry. Now you can pour epoxy on the tiles, but be sure to let this completely dry too.

This is the fun part of furniture you can build. Add your own hardware, using door pulls you’ve chosen. Measure your table for the piece of glass that will go on top of it. New glass is recommended, but you can use recycled glass from an old coffee table

Now that you have jump-started your own imagination you’ll think up lots of new ideas for furniture you can build on your own. Have fun.

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