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coffee table from sleepers

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by johnbuckley, 30 Jun 2011.

  1. johnbuckley

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    Going to have a go at making a coffee table from railway sleepers and I would be grateful for any suggestions at to how best to join this size of timber together so that it is strong and secure.
    Clearly whatever method I use needs to be neat and out of sight, but also very secure.
    I did consider something similar to the bolt system used to join kitchen worktops together but they would probably be a bit ugly, out of sight though, so may still be an option
    This is just a project because I fancy having a go nothing more!
    Have used the search but could only find info on outdoor projects which wasn't suitable.
    Any tips would really be appreciated.
    Thanks
    John
     
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    You don’t want to be using real or reclaimed railway sleepers for a coffee table especially in the house, they are heavily impregnated with creosote that will cause problems with toxic smells which could be carcinogenic & may cause breathing difficulties for some. Use new, non impregnated oak sleepers.
     
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    Thanks for that, yes I'm getting new sleepers so no problem there.
     
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    I found mine too heavy to move if joined, I use strips of velcro under to prevent movement and find it very secure due to the weight involved, also makes moving it that much easier.
     
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