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How to make a penny-top table
To get started, you’ll need the following materials:
- table legs
- white glue
- plumbers torch
- MDF or 3/4″ melamine (23″ W X 31″ L )trim
- CLR cleaner
Step 1: Painting the table
Step 2: Including a railing around the table’s top
My father assisted me in measuring and cutting 45 degree angles into these pieces in order for them to fit properly around the table’s edge. We were afraid that fastening the parts in place might cause them to fracture due to their narrowness. Instead, we glued them to the table using gorilla glue and then placed heavy books on top to function as clamps (if you have actual clamps, that may work better, but alas, I did not, so I put my old college textbooks to use). I also painted them black once they were installed.
Step 3: Shining the pennies
Tarn X, I’d read in previous instructions, is the best method to achieve this. Simply pour some Tarn X and your coins into a basin, swirl, rinse, and dry. Isn’t it a piece of cake? I discovered the contrary.
There are two things to keep in mind: 1. Make sure you completely rinse them. Do you believe you’ve gone over everything? Rinse it one more. 2. Make sure the pennies are completely dry as well. I propose leaving them out for a bit on an old towel. You’ll damage a number of pennies if you put them in a plastic bag together without adequately rinsing or drying them, like I did (completely stripped off their copper color).
Step 4: Laying out the pennies
As I previously stated, your table will not be the exact size to accommodate your pennies, so you’ll likely wind up with some odd spacing, as I did, with a strip of wasted space along one side of the table.
We contemplated putting the pennies in the middle of the table to create equal empty space on all sides, but we were worried that we wouldn’t be able to get it quite right. Derek proposed halving pennies to fill in the gaps. However, getting the pennies to be the exact size we wanted took some finagling. Cutting pennies may have been more bother than it was worth in the end, but it turned out fairly well!
Step 5: Gluing the pennies
We used super glue on some of the coins and Gorilla Glue on others. I would not use Gorilla Glue if I had to do it all over again. Because Gorilla Glue expands as it cures, I ended up with glue between the pennies, which I tried to cut away with razor blades and even colored black with a sharpie to conceal. Even though it was barely apparent when the glaze was applied, the fact that it happened disturbed me.
Step 6: Applying the glaze
However, it went off without a hitch. (Note: For this stage, you’ll need a well-ventilated area where you can leave the table for a day or two to properly dry.) We meticulously followed the instructions in the Super Glaze handbook, and we were extremely careful. They recommend having a tiny foam paint brush on hand in addition to the other items on the supply list. It aids in getting the glaze into the table’s corners.
We did get a few little bubbles, but we were able to pop them with a simple blow. There’s no need for a blowtorch!
It isn’t of professional quality. Glazes that cost approximately $100 and provide you a smoother, bubble-free surface are available if you want a professional product.
Finally, everything went off without a hitch.
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Do you want to attempt covering something with pennies, or have you previously done so? I’d be interested in hearing about it!
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