Last week I had entered a challenge on The CSI Project and saw that this week the challenge was Roadkill Rescue. This means anything you got for FREE. I had been thinking about what I could post and nothing stood out, until…my friend called to ask about where she could get rid of some old decking boards. My mind started turning. I went over to see the boards headed for the trash. When I saw them, I immediately thought TABLE. She looked shocked, but was definitely interested in this idea and was a major factor in the motivation I needed to finish this project. You will have to bear with me, this is going to be a long and detailed post!
I’m going to show you how I got from this…
This endeavor took two neighbors contributing…A special THANKS goes out the Wynn’s and Pope”s for the supplies!
Supplies I used:
Scraps (2×4’s, decking, deck posts), deck screws, saw ( I used a compound miter saw, but any saw will work-I only made straight cuts), level, square, (4) 4 in” lag bolts, (2) hitching rings with lags,(2) 4 13/16″ ceiling hooks, (4) braces, (2) thing-a-ma bobs?? (not sure what they are called, sorry!)
I started by making a box from the 2×4’s. (They were originally stairs to a play structure.)Â I cut three at 21″ and two at 54″. I assemebled them using 3″ deck screws, longer board on the outside and the shorter boards on the inside with one in the middle for support. Use a square on the corners to make sure they are “square.”
This is the best picture I got.
Next I cut the decking to 66″ each. I used 7 total.
At this point I had all kinds of help! There was a group of neighbors, interested in what this table, made of someone’s trash, would look like!
So, I had the box. Then I started attaching the top boards.
I flipped it over, then attached the legs. I used deck posts (4×4’s) for these. I cut four at 28″. I originally attached them to the inside, but changed this later. Use a level to make sure the legs are “plumb.” That means straight! 🙂
(Not sure why this picture is the wrong way, but you get the point.) And tada! First draft!
So that night, I went home and couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking…It looks like a picnic table! Then I remembered a dining room table I saw in Pottery Barn.
So the next morning I went to the hardware store. The hardware that looked the most like the table were VERY small. I found these, that I thought would work and mimic the inspiration table.
So I flipped the table back over and added support on the sides and moved the legs to outside the “box.”
Then I attached the supports for the legs using lag bolts.
I measured up from the floor 12″ and pre-drilled holes. You don’t have to pre-drill, but I would suggest it! It will look something like this.
Then I attached the hardware. I pre-drilled these holes also, then used a screw driver to tighten them.
Here’s the final table!
I am very happy at how it turned out! I am thinking I will probably do some kind of finish, maybe white wash, but it is a functioning table for now. All together it took about 4 hours, but that was starting it and then changing it later! 😉
I hope I have inspired you to think outside the box and use what you (or your neighbors, in my case) have.
*****UPDATE: Click on the photo below to see the updated version!*****