Reddit User CALLOFTHEGAME recently submitted pictures of his incredible DIY project, a dining room table covered in pennies. This penny table may sound like an odd project but once you see the final result, you will be searching your couch for spare change. Check this thing out!
To get the project started, he bought a solid core birch door, that is 80″ x 32″. It was about $65 at Home Depot. He applied a layer of stain that will match with the copper color of the pennies.
After the door was stained, he added a trim. The trim was made from 1×3 boards and then he sanded the sharp edges. Once this was done, he added a few more coats of stain. He applied wood glue and nailed the trim down. The trim was added to help provide a type of dam for the acrylic resin finish that will be added once all the pennies are laid down.
Now that the stain and trim has been applied, it is time to move the table top inside and begin the meticulous process of adding the pennies.
He started with a Tupperware dish of pennies. He separated them into three different levels of shininess. He’s looking for shiny ones, ones that were a medium brown, and a third pile of chocolate-brown pennies.
There was a lot of debate about what type of glue to use. He wanted the adhesion of SuperGlue, but it doesn’t offer a whole lot of time to work with. So he decided to use Loctite for this project.
To start off the design, he started block by block, but he doesn’t recommend doing it that way. It left him with a lot of acute angles where you have to jam a penny in, then you may have a space where one won’t fit. He ended up having to grind down a few pennies to make them fit.
Making the design go in a diagonal made it a little easier of a pattern to follow.
You’ll definitely have to pay attention to your pattern as you go so you’re not left with a mess at the end.
He noticed that his was starting to get a little messy, so he had to go back to a straight line for while. In case you want to do this project, he recommends the angles should be 30-60-90. The diagonal should be 30 degrees from the center line, and 60 degrees from the perpendicular front edge.
There are many ways you can go about finishing the edges of the table, but he thought the easiest way would be just to cut the edges off of some of the pennies to make them fit. He did end up with a lot of little pieces like this though.
He used aviation snips to help create the edges he was looking for.
He did find that it was easier to cut pennies that were made after 1982 because they are made with zinc. They are softer than most copper pennies which were made before 1982. The copper ones tended to get a little deformed when trying to cut them.
Now that he’s reaching the edges, it was time to make sure everything lined up how he needed it.
So close to being done!
Now that the pennies are in place, it was time to add a glaze, but this was stressful. If he ruined the glaze, the whole table was ruined! He decided to go with an Ultra Gloss Epoxy. It was a two stage epoxy similar to what you would find on bar tops. It was a resin along with an activator. He mixed it twice, and then went to set it. He spread it around, then used a hairdryer to remove the bubbles. The bubbles were there because the pennies gave the table an uneven surface. I’m sure he was beyond nervous.
You can only imagine his relief when the table turned out like this! It is absolutely beautiful.
All said and done, he ended up using 5,218 pennies, which is only $52.18 worth of pennies. Not too bad for a brand new dining room table. But now that the pennies are in place, along with the weight of the wood used, the tabletop is over 100lbs. He decided not to put it on a pedestal so he could use it however he needed i.e. a game table, dining room table, desk, etc.
Because he wanted to drive his OCD friends crazy, he did leave one penny heads up so it would drive them absolutely crazy anytime they were at his house.
And here is the final project in all of its glory! I want one of these so bad now.
This is such an amazing project. All he did was take an idea, save his pennies, and ended up creating this beautiful one of a kind table! He definitely brought a new meaning to the term, “Save Your Pennies!”