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Recycle Old Hardware into a Showcase Table

If you have a plethora of old hardware laying around, especially motherboard and expansion cards, this obsolete-hardware-to-table hack is just the ticket for your office or geek cave.

The table’s design is simple. They took a regular coffee table, affixed old mother boards to it and then, over the motherboards and elevated by acrylic standoffs, they put a heavy sheet of acrylic to serve as the table top. You could replicate the design with any sort of old hardware that is interesting to look at: memory modules your company is sending off to be recycled, old digital cameras, mechanisms from peripherals headed for the scrap heap, etc.

Hit up the link below to see more photos of the table.

Circuit Table [Chris Harrison]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 06/20/11

Comments (10)

  1. Taylor

    This looks amazing. I’d love to do this with some of the old computer eq. I have laying around. How did they attach the motherboards and componets to the coffee table to begin with tho? Hot glue?

  2. Amy

    I’d use E6000 or Liquid Nails Projects. Hot glue isn’t all that sturdy.

  3. SuAlfons

    @Taylor: First, they screw you, then you screw them!

    There are holes in the motherboards to fix them :-)

  4. Kevin Scott Schlanger

    Is it a real circuit? Can we plug something in it to turn it on?

  5. Hatryst

    Wonder if it even works, that would be an added advantage
    Just put a display source on top of this table, a keyboard and mouse, and voila :)

  6. FightTheRight

    Recycling old Lifehacker articles and not even giving credit. What a shame.

  7. trm96

    This is awesome!

    Just because two websites have the same or similar articles does not mean one site “recycled” it from the other…

  8. Hatryst

    And besides, HTG and LH are friend sites. HTG articles get featured on LH, and vice versa.

  9. LH

    Very nice. But in this house, they would soon be covered in dust, and dog hairs. Would have to completely seal in acrylic first.

  10. Life Warrior

    Cool! maybe with LEDs added, it will be more awesome and give some glow to the acrylic.. :D

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