Want to be the talk of the neighborhood?  How about a table that is simple to build,  yet will be a unique addition to your game room or basement!  Plus, this table can be used as a game, sports or craft table. The basic design calls for the legs to be stacked tires at the four corners. And if that's not unique enough check out the variations we've added!

Use these design variations to make your table "one of a kind".  Try using tires that have a story behind them such as NASCAR race tires. Race car tires are available from hundreds of racing teams throughout the USA. With all of the different levels and kinds of automobile racing there's sure to be one in your area.  Check out the phone book and you’ll find a source for your table legs. 

 

Now to get started!  Figure 1 shows the leg configuration for stacked tires. When you stack 4 sets of tires for the legs, you can simply place the plywood on top. If you choose one of the alternative designs, the top will need to be fastened to the tires for stability. You can fasten the sidewalls of the tires together with 1 5/8" drywall screws. When you use stacked racing tires it will take 3 in each "leg" to bring the finished table to correct table height.

 

 
Racing tires are not inexpensive, so we are offering alternative designs with the same Pizzazz but at lower cost by using fewer tires.

Alternative leg designs:

The first alternative leg design uses 4 tires turned upright at the 4 corners of the top. First fasten the top of the tire to the table top with a ¼" x 3" carriage bolt that is recessed in the top. Drill a ¼" hole in the top of the tire and use a fender washer between the inside of the tire and the nut. Place a 2"x 2"x 12" wood strip on each side at the top of the tire as shown in the drawing below. If necessary to raise the height of the table, place a board on the bottom of the tire. If you use a board at the bottom, follow the directions for the next leg design below.  

The second alternative  leg design uses 2 tires.  Figure 2 shows the leg configuration and how to build it. The thickness of the top and bottom wood supports will be determined by the height you desire for your finished table. The top board "A" can be a 2"x 2", up to a 2"x 6". The bottom board on the floor will need to be a minimum of 2"x 4" up to a 2"x 8" by 42" long.  On the top of the tire you will place 2"x 2"x 12" wood strips on each side of the curved tire to act as wood supports.  This is where you will fasten the table top.  On the bottom you will place a 2"x 2"x 2" wood block on each side of the curved tire as shown in the drawing.  The top and bottom wood supports will be centered on the tire and fastened with 3/8"x 2" lag bolt through the tire into the wood support. Use a fender washer on the inside of the lag bolt to keep it from tearing through the tire.

 

Design of the top:

The top will be 5/8" or ¾" thick plywood. Plywood comes in  4’ x 8’ and is also available  in a 5’x 9’ dimension for ping-pong tables. The size of the table will be determined by the space available and the intended use.

Fasten the plywood top to the wood support  with drywall screws from the top. Finish the top with stain, varnish, paint or leave natural. You can finish the edge of the plywood with veneer strips found at Lowe’s Home Centers.  

 

 

 

Leg Design...Make 2

 

Now you have a professional looking table sure to draw attention!

If  you are going to do heavy duty work on the table, fasten supports to the underside of the plywood for additional strength.

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