Upcycle Plastic Folding Table

7 Materials
8 Hours

My wife needed a folding table for a sales event.

One day I passed by the garbage can, and I saw a folding plastic table with only half of the plastic surface on it.

The iron frame seemed complete to me so I took the table and started thinking about how to make a new surface for it.

I decided to build the new surfaces using dismantled planks from old wooden pallets.

At the end of the process, a folding table was reborn with a beautiful wooden surface, much heavier than the original but with lots of character.

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how i made it video

I've Dismantled the old plastic from the iron structure.

I checked that the iron structure was straight and steady.

At this specific table, as soon as the plastic surface is removed, the iron profiles are separated, the iron bars are only held together by the plastic surface, so I tied them together with a white String (Video 3:15), that way I could work comfortably without the table breaking down all the time.

I measured the wood panels before cutting and added another 5 cm to each side so the table would have more space.

I sawed the wooden planks to the chosen size, first smoothed them with an angle grinder, And then I used rough sandpaper on Orbit Sander and last finishing touches with a fine sandpaper.

Rough sanding

I began to arrange the wooden planks on the workbench and see what surface I would get, noticed that there were different shades of wood and tried a number of options to arrange them.

Finally I decided that the guiding principle would be to arrange the planks according to their color, Bright to dark.

I cut wood profiles for the bottom of the table, which would connect the planks together and give it the structural strength. I put them together with glue and wooden screws.

I made sure to drill preliminary drills to prevent cracks in the wood while screwing the screws. (Video 1:23)


I placed the plates upside down on the workbench and pressed them against each other.

I placed the iron structure on top of it and connected it with wooden screws to the surfaces.

I used the original holes in the same way that the plastic surface was connected originally. (Video 4:22)

Tools & Materials

1. Drill-impact driver

2. Orbit Sander

3. Angle grinder

4. Circular saw

5. L-Square

6. Pencil

7. Tape meter

8. Drill 3 mm

9. Drill 12 mm

10. Protective glasses

11. Gloves

12. Breathing mask

13. Ear protectors

14. Go-pro session

15. Tripod

16. Drill driver


17. Wood glue

18. Wood screws M4x30 approximately 130

19. Clear varnish

20. Painting Sponge

21. String

22. approximately 2 wooden pallets (1.20x0.80 meter)

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  • Mary Janke
    on Nov 9, 2019

    Fantastic. Looks amazing. Can imagine she will enjoy this table for many years. I use plastic tables for my market stand. Thinking I could do the same but have the top made as a separate piece and lift it on the cover my tables, just because my tables are new and perfectly fine but it would give them a rustic look

  • Cher Curtis
    on Nov 30, 2019

    Great idea!

    Looks good and sturdy.

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