How to Build a Table From Stair Parts
Create a space-saving central repository for keys, leashes, and mail in your front entry using vintage stair parts
My friend David Menendez came to me with a problem. How to create a central repository for keys, dog leashes, and mail in his tiny front entry without gobbling up precious square footage? Easy. Build a two-legged console that saves space by anchoring directly to the wall. To match the lived-in look of his farmhouse, we built one ourselves using inexpensive salvaged stair parts. For the front legs, we chose a pair of green-painted spindles for $50. The top is an 11¼-inch-deep-by-36-inch-long heart-pine tread that we got for just $15. To replicate the look of a riser (salvage yards usually don't stock them) for the apron, we cut a $5 rough-sawn pine board to a standard 7½-inch height.
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Pry old fasteners
Pry old fasteners (nails or carpet staples) from the stair tread with a nail-puller, and use a scraper to remove any glue or paint residue.