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There are certainly a lot of reasons to like this video by Meg Allan Cole over at CRAFT. In it, she shows how to repurpose an old typecase into a coffee table by attaching it to a welded base and fitting a custom glass top. The table is great because it can hold small trinkets for display beneath the glass, making it easy to customize to your own taste (and change it on a whim). And even if you’re not interested in making one of these awesome typecase tabletops, I encourage you to click the play button above; I guarantee you’ll find Meg’s homage to Flashdance absolutely spellbinding. I, for one, especially liked this project because I’ve got my feet kicked up on the final product as I type this now. Thanks again, Meg!

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.


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  1. Greg says:

    Type cases are great! I have one for displaying my lego minifigs.

    http://www.accomplished.org/2011/08/08/collectible-minfig-display-frame/
     

  2. Good idea but lacks a bit in execution. Glueing it on the metal base isn’t very nice.

  3. Timothy Gray says:

    Glue really?  4 screws would have been easier and a far stronger connection.   Why go to all the trouble welding up a base and just phone it in with glue at the end?

    also they sell plastic caps with adjusters that will fit in many types of tubing used for legs.  you can finish the legs a lot better by taking a trip to a real hardware store (Home Depot and Lowes is NOT a real hardware store)

  4. Timothy Gray says:

    Glue really?  4 screws would have been easier and a far stronger connection.   Why go to all the trouble welding up a base and just phone it in with glue at the end?

    also they sell plastic caps with adjusters that will fit in many types of tubing used for legs.  you can finish the legs a lot better by taking a trip to a real hardware store (Home Depot and Lowes is NOT a real hardware store)