A friend of mine dropped off this ancient table when he stopped by The Brick. He said, "See if you can't make something out of this." It was a table top and 4 old legs--in pieces. The table looked very old--perhaps from a church. The next day I thought, "Hmmm, that little table might make a nice computer table for me to use in the guest room to write and edit photos..."
The legs were cut at 45 degree angles at the top and bottom. This table must have originally sat very low to the floor--maybe a little taller than a coffee table.
So I cut both ends of each leg to be flat. The legs were getting shorter so I had to build up the bottom of the table to get them to traditional table height.
The table top was very dark. The bottom half of this pic has been sanded--the upper half is still close to the origanal condition in which I received it.
The top has been sanded. The front still very close to the original finish.
Notice on the right edge of this pic--either end of the table top was incomplete. I would trim it out later.
I used 6 layers of 1x3 lumber glued together to build up the bottom of the table--so the legs would be long enough.
I did use some hard wood dowels to anchor the thick 1-3s to the underside of the table.
Below that notice I've trimmed up the end.
I've trimmed out the end and covered the 1x3s with 2 pieces of trim:
upside down baseboard and a thinner piece that somewhat mimmicks the round detail of the original piece.
I've spackled up the air nailer holes.
This is an end view from the back side. You can see the 2 trim pieces wrapping the 1x3s.
Glue & screw a couple blocks to attach the keyboard shelf to.
Insert some hardware to center the legs and give them some more support.
I've pre-drilled the holes for the 4" screws that will anchor the leg to the table top.
Ready to drill the hole for the hardware piece in the prior pic
Sink the screws--but go easy on old legs like this--a drill can easily split these if you're not careful.
Starting to come together!
I originally thought I would white-wash the top allowing the grain to come through.
But the top looked so good I thought I should respect this dear old wood.
My friend, Mike B, turned me onto this. I was going to use tongue oil but he suggested this would make it "glow."
(get it at Menard's)
Three coats and I thought it was beautiful!
Here you see the before & after of the top.
All I did was sand it & wipe on 3 coats of the Antique Oil Finish.
I'll use this with my laptop, but could be used with any computer.