Have some old tyres laying around? Want an idea on how to repurpose them? Here’s an interesting way to create your own natural style coffee table.
Seagrass Tyre Table
A few weeks ago I scored some old tyres and was so excited because I wanted to turn them into a coffee table.
Tools and Materials
- seagrass matt
- table legs
- glue gun
- nuts and bolts
Firstly I needed to cut two circles out of the plywood with a jigsaw- one for the top of the table and the other for the base.
I used a round side table that I had to trace a circle into the plywood- so I cheated a little. Normally you would have to find the centre point and make your circle from the radius.
I started with the base first by drilling holes through the plywood and tyre and attaching with nuts, bolts and washers. I repeated the same process for attaching the wooden legs.
Next was the tricky part, attaching two tyres together to make the table.
I drilled holes right on the edge of the tyres and found it to be a lot of work lining up the holes. At a later date I realised it was easier to use a c clamp to hold the edges together to drill through and then put the nuts & bolts through.
After the two tyres were attached I then used a good quality hot glue gun and glued four seagrass mats around the outside of the tyres as well as some rope at the top .
The seagrass mats were a perfect choice because they were only $2 each and also had that natural texture I wanted for the table.
So I now needed to turn my attention to the top of the table.
I wasn’t happy with the light plywood colour, so I decided to stain it a little darker to match the seagrass mats.
Another issue I had with the top piece of plywood was that I hadn’t cut a perfect circle -(still mastering how to cut a perfect circle ) so I glued a lovely rope trim to blend in with the rope already on the top of the table.
In the end I decided not to attach the top as I wanted to use the inside for some storage.
You could use a strong builders glue or liquid nails to attach permanently.
Absolutely love my creation and it only cost around $40 (Australian).
Have you upcycled something you would normally throw out? Let me know in the comments down below!
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Doc's Mom on Jun 28, 2021
I've not used tires inside, but have made several things for outside. I'm a senior citizen living in a very rural area, in a very small and old house, on a fixed income. So I have to make do with what I find/have. Sorry - no photos. In addition to 4 stock tank gardens of various sizes doing really well, last year I built 5 little gardens using truck tires stacking 3 tires high and gluing them with E6000 glue or The Welder glue. The Welder says it will glue rubber together. I ran out and used E6000; everything is still holding! The gardens sit on a concrete base (an old building torn down with floor left) so I used recycled material for two-thirds of the fill. It helps not just for fill but also for drainage. These gardens have leaf lettuce, radishes, yellow beans, spinach, and bell peppers. Nothing is painted - plants like the heat from the black rubber. The spinach bolted in the heat and had to be picked and pulled. Now the lettuce is in full glory and broccoli from the stock tanks. Two tractor tires are stacked together with 2 kinds of squash growing in them - flowering right now. Another tractor tire is sitting as if it is ready to take off and has a cucumber growing in it vining out across the concrete. In another area I called my rustic area resides two truck tires glued together and filled with gravel. It has to be sturdy and safe; the wind can blow hard here on the ridge. On top of them is an old, one piece, recycled kitchen chair I found - seat and back - drilled holes in the seat to let rain water drain and glued it down. The whole thing is tipped forward so when you sit in it you don't feel like it will tip over backwards. A friend who is vertically challenged like myself loves sitting in that chair. As she says, it is nice to sit somewhere where our feet hit the ground! As time permits I'm working on something like Michelle made but not as lovely. I want to put casters on mine so it rolls and a top with a covered cushion. I may borrow Michelle's idea of making it removable. I had not considered that and absolutely LOVE her creativity. Thanks for the idea Michelle. Hope you don't mind if I borrow your ingenuity a bit!