How to Build a Zinc Tabletop
Evoking pre-World War II metal bar tops that could take a beating, tables finished in zinc develop a charming patina as they age
Evoking pre-World War II bar tops that could take a beating, tables finished in zinc develop a charming patina as they age. We replicated the vintage look by wrapping sheet metal over plywood to make a console table with shapely legs, but this metal finish could just as easily dress up a flea-market find or a table you already have. To build an industrial-style piece, choose a machine-age cast-iron base for less than $75 at online marketplaces and follow these steps to assemble the classic zinc top.
Legs shown: Nipen in gray, $15 each; ikea.com
Attach the Zinc
Load the caulk gun with heavy-duty construction adhesive, and glue a thin sheet of zinc to the plywood top. Flip the top over, metal side down, and use a utility knife to score the metal along all four edges for an easier fold.