The search was on for the right base. Enter a Craigslist find for that...an antique Singer sewing machine base for $50.
So what to make the table out of. I knew I needed something about 30 inches wide and 5 feet long and strong enough to withstand someone leaning on it without curving or bending over time. Off to Stardust to find a solid core door. I cut the door down to 60". (lesson 1: I recommend 59 to 59.5" to accommodate the trim molding)
Next step...adding the re-purposed siding I picked up from a friend. They were tearing down an old shed on their property and offered with wonderful chippy wood to anyone who wanted to pick it up.
Because it was siding it was thicker on one side. In glued and nailed small molding strips to the door so I could mount the thinner end of the siding and have level slats.
I glued and used black drywall screws to mount the siding to the door. The screws served double duty because they also filled the holes for the old nails. I centered the boards on the door to used the best part of the chippy wood. When dry, I trimmed them down with a hand saw to the size of the door.
The last building step was to trim the door with casement molding that I painted white then distressed with the crackle medium and brown/black paint.
A unique piece. Since completing this project I have purchased an additional sewing machine base for another re-purposing adventure. Have any suggestions??