I love a long table. With it comes the notion of a dozen friends enjoying a wonderful meal, good drink, and lots of laughs. We are hosting a dessert party later this month, so I was tasked with producing an inexpensive solution for a table. We have a few smaller tables that we could put together, but nothing makes me happier than a good challenge. I submit the 10 foot table under $20.
I made this table out of discarded palettes, hardware from my embarrassingly large collection of what-nots, and $20 worth of supplies from the home improvement center. The result is a sturdy, rustic table that seats 10-12.
Part of what makes this such a great project is that because of its rustic nature you could make a few minor mistakes and nobody would really know... or care (perfect DIY project). Also, by leaving very small spaces between each slat, this table is very well suited to be outdoors. The rain runs right through it. Lastly, the most satisfying aspect of this project is that these palettes were on their way to the dump. Now we can use this table to fill our tummies instead of a landfill.
savour... dinner in the twilight
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Palette Patio Table
Before you start:
Collect more palettes than you think you will need. Some of the slats will break during deconstruction. If you have some left over, save them for another project. For the example, I used approximately 7 palettes.
When disassembling and separating pieces into piles keep in mind that some may be salvageable. You may be cutting off the ends of the slats removing any splits that have occurred.
When attaching the braces you might find it helpful to drill pilot holes first. This will make screw-driving much easier.
Be careful when attaching the slats to the new frame. The palette slats are likely to be very dry and will split on the ends. I cannot stress enough the importance of drilling pilot holes.
For stability and strength, add wood glue where any joint is formed.
This project took me a full afternoon by myself for construction. With a helper, it could be done in a few hours. It is well worth every minute spent.
Palettes - quantity depends on the size of your table. 2 1/2 inch wood screws 1 1/2 inch wood screws braces L brackets 2 inch nails varnish or paint Tools: Work Gloves Hammer Drill Screwdriver Sander (optional, but recommended) Saw (table saw would be best) Paint brushes The steps:
Palettes - quantity depends on the size of your table.
2 1/2 inch wood screws
1 1/2 inch wood screws
2 inch nails
varnish or paint
Sander (optional, but recommended)
Saw (table saw would be best)