I was very fortunate a couple of weeks ago to make, from beginning to end, a reclaimed wood table. I have been wanting an outside table and now I finally have one! It's in the front yard but tucked away so most people can't see it. I love making things with wood but my husband didn't believe I had enough skill to make anything useable (despite the fact that I have made a couple pieces of furniture in the past, including a large bookcase after we were married and 11 years later, it still is as sturdy as when I made it). So this time, I waited until he was out of town so I could make it.
I started by making a 2x4 frame for the top. We already had all the wood for that. I then laid all my reclaimed 2x2 slats under the frame. I used paint sticks as my spacers. I drilled the pilot holes for each screw in one board, then screwed the screws in. I moved the spacers and worked on the next board until I was finally done. Below, I had just left the room for a second to make a cut and I came back to find Hansel had taken over the rug that was acting as my knee pad. Little stinker.
The top is HEAVY! I carried it up to the front yard on a furniture dolly. Some of the boards did not get screwed down tight so I unscrewed them, clamped it down and rescrewed for each board that needed tightening.
I screwed on the legs and added the apron boards. I flipped it over and cleaned it off.
Using it right away for a garden harvest photo op. :o)
It took every evening from Wednesday to Saturday to finish and it was worth it. It is super solid and the top is very flat. My husband is impressed...and is excitedly waiting for me to make benches for it. I am so excited to finally have a table!