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How to make an industrial styled scaffolding board coffee table

I love the texture and colors of used scaffolding boards. The wood weathers with age giving lovely patterns and marks. It is super easy to create an industrial feel table from old scaffolding boards.

I bought these reclaimed scaffolding boards from a reclaim yard, rather handily coming sanded on one side.

Sanded scaffolding boards

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Where do I find scaffolding boards?

I suggest searching local selling sites – I found mine via Facebook selling pages, alternatives include gumtree which I believe is similar to craig list if you are in the USA.

Where do I source hairpin legs?

We found ours on Amazon, but if you prefer supporting individual businesses Etsy is a great alternative. You can find them in a variety of colours, spray paint them yourself for a pop of color or choose an unfinished look like ourselves.

DIY Scaffolding Board Table

DIY Scaffolding Board Table

Preloved scaffolding boards make a wonderful rustic table, affordable to buy and relatively easily readily available.


  • Hairpin legs
  • Scaffolding Boards
  • 300 mm screws
  • 400 mm screws
  • Battening


  • Drill
  • Measure


    Prepare your scaffolding boards, cleaning and sanding if required. I would suggest starting with a 40 grit sandpaper moving to 120 grit to finish. Decide which boards you would like at the front of your finished table. Turn them over so the top of the boards is facing the floor/work surface.

    Position your hairpin table legs, these are set back just a little from the edge of the table. A scrap of wood from the shed is going to be used as supportive battening underneath the table positioned between the legs.

    Mark the position of the table legs on the four corners. We have used wood as a measure for positioning the table legs at the same distance from the edge of the table.

    Screw the legs into the marked positions, we used 300 mm screws.

    Cut your battening to the right length so it spans the table width between two legs.

    Predrill holes ready for screwing your battering to the underside of your table. Then screw the battering to the table, we used 400mm screws.

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Monday 30th of November 2020

Would this work as a taller table? Like a breakfast bar but a little wider and not attached to a wall.


Tuesday 1st of December 2020

I'm sure it would. Sounds a lovely project.

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