Reclaimed Fire Pit Transformed into Coffee Table

I had an old rusty fire pit that has been well used over the years. I figured instead of tossing it, I’d try my hand at turning it into something I needed.

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In order to try and make this a reclaimed and recycle project,  I’m using some wood that was sourced from a firewood pile. This is some rough walnut from a local gun stock manufacture. The main board measure 7 ft long, 9″ wide and 1″ thick.

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A few passes through the planer

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Reveals grain that I will have no trouble making good use of!

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The fire pit base measures 32″ in diameter so in order to give me room to play I cut all the walnut to 36″ in length.

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That was done at the table saw with my large crosscut sled.

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I was a little short on walnut, so I grabbed the last piece of hard maple in the shop. The maple was originally purchased for my Drunken Cutting Boards.

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On to the glue up. I’m a fan of asymmetrical design, and ended up picking this layout.  Those affected by OCD, look away!

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I added some wood glue and good clamping pressure and left it overnight.

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Next day I came back out to the shop and cleaned up the joints and leveled the panel out.

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There are loads of ways to cut circles out. Routers, jig saws or even the table saw! For me, I like the band saw method. First step is to locate the center of the board

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Drill a small hole where you will place an axis of some sort. Here I’m using a 13/64″ shelf pin as the axis around which the piece will spin.
I use my 13/64″ bit and drill about 3/4 of the way through the board from the bottom side.

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The circle is cut at the band saw with my “super fancy” circle cutting jig. It’s just a board, clamped to the table with some holes drilled in it. A 34″ circle means you need a 17″ radius.

  • Line up the pin with the hole that is the correct distance from the blade
  • Turn on the band saw
  • Slowly spin the table top around
  • Circle!

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I had some gaps and defects in these boards and I wanted to fill those holes in order to give the surface a nice uniform look.  I mixed up some 5 minute epoxy and some black pigment and patched as needed.

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While I waited for the epoxy to dry I spray painted my base. The color is Ivory Silk.

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I might have sprayed my toenails…

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The last thing to do on the top was sand it smooth and add a finish. I used three coasts of water base wipe on poly

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I then drilled out some elongated screw holes in the base to allow for seasonal wood movement of the top

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And attached it with 4 screws.

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It’s now a comfortable, yet rustic coffee table for my patio room. I’m more than pleased with it. I’m also happy to have reclaimed some trash and made of use again.

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Thanks for looking!

 

 

Author: Peter Brown

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  • October 31, 2016 at 7:03 pm
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