Converting Old Doors Into Patio Table Tops
Old doors can make unique individual patio table tops. Depending on the condition of the door and the wood it is made of, conversion is relatively simple.
Finding deep cracks in old doors is not unusual. Check that any cracks you find are not bad enough to create a weak spot. The cracks can be filled or left open as a feature.
If a lot of the joints are loose you may have to dismantle the door and reassemble it. This can be time-consuming but if you have the skill it will make the door a lot stronger.
Worm holes are exit points which aren’t usually bothersome. Check to ensure the wood has not been significantly damaged by the worm larvae. Use a very fine tool, like a needle, to ensure the wood is sound. The door must be treated against woodworm in case there are live larvae inside. Use the holes you find as injection points for the treatment.
Remove all door furniture like hinges and handles. If a window is fitted, especially if it has a fancy metal grill, leave that in place.
The best way to use an old door as a patio table top is to cover it with a glass sheet the right size so that the door is shown off but not actually used as the table top.
Square the Door
You may want to cut the door into a square. This can be done with a circular saw attachment on an electric drill. Decide how big the table top is going to be.
The tops of old doors are often quite sound. You might be able to cut the door down a bit at the top. Mark how far from the top you want to cut and use a set square to carry the mark across the door’s width. Cut along that line.
The bottoms have probably spent many years being soaked and neglected. Measure the door the length that you want your table top to be. Square the line across the width of the door. Cut along the line.
The Table Base.
Turn the table so that the bottom is facing up. Set the base upon the bottom and mark the central position. If any relief features of the door need to be cut back mark them out carefully. Cut away those parts to allow the base of the table to sit flush upon the bottom of the table top.
Fit the Base to the Top
Using ‘L’ brackets or other method you have already decided upon to fit the base to the table top. Turn the table over so that it is now standing on its own legs. If the table rocks, use a wood file to shorten the appropriate table legs. Only file off a small amount at a time. Seal the door and give it a couple of coats of clear varnish.
You can measure for the glass and fit it. Try to fit the glass so that there are no gaps to allow dust into the area between the glass and the table top.
You now have your old door table top.