Turn That Reel-to-Reel Into an Awesome Coffee Table

Have a piece of large vintage tech that is no longer working but you can't bear to part with it? The creator of this project was faced with this situation and decided that instead of letting the tech collect dust, or sending it off to the landfill, he would turn it into a coffee table. The resulting coffee table is not only thrifty it's also stylish and distinctive. Thanks, ReadyMade for another brilliant DIY!

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When the family’s analog eight-track tape deck died, Dennis Ferguson's son begged him to keep the corpse, hoping that one day techies of the future would bring it back to life. This project that was submitted to ReadyMade was born when the family needed a new coffee table and decided that the vintage tech would make a great base. The project takes more than a weekend to complete and is rated by ReadyMade as Moderate project.

To make this project you will need: square steel tubing (for the legs), outdated gear with a sturdy chassis, 8 10-24 hex-head cap screws with lock washer and nut, paint or clear Krylon (optional), glass or Plexiglas table top, 4 rubber cane tips, 4 hard rubber casters, and 8 square nuts.

We are a little intimidated by the length of time this project takes to make, but think that if we had the materials at hand it would be well worth undertaking. The result of this project is a great coffee table and it's also a great way to pay homage to vintage tech that you can't bear to part with.

Check out the project on ReadyMade for the complete instructions.

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(Images ReadyMade and Flickr member Carbon Arc licensed for use under Creative Commons)

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