Upcycle Stacking Tables, How to Make Small Table Tops

Jon Peters
by Jon Peters
2 Materials
5 Hours
Learn how to upcycle old stacking tables and make and finish tops made out of Sapele wood.
Clean the metal tables with a wire brush
Prime with rusty metal primer and spray with black aerosol paint
 Join two piece of Sapele with biscuit joints to make the top
Glue and clamp using Rockler Sure-Foot clamps and clean off excess wood glue
Cross cut tops to size to fit to the stacking tables
Make rabbit joints on the bottom side of each table top to fit into the metal table supports…sand the the tops before finishing and remove all dust
User Waterlox Marine Sealer with a natural hair brush to seal both sides.  Let dry for 24 hours
Finish with 2-3 coats of Waterlox Marine Satin Finish
Secure tops to the metal tables
Suggested materials:
  • Waterlox Marine Finish   (https://waterlox.com/marine)
  • Rockler Sure-Foot Clamps   (http://www.rockler.com/surefoot-aluminum-bar-clamps)
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  • Karena Karena on Jul 28, 2017
    What brand of rusty metal primer do you use, or is there one you prefer?

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Jul 28, 2017
    What is Sapele wood? I've never heard of it, it's beautiful. Would spar varnish also work?

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