I planned out all by me little self and executed said plan (with a little help from a friend to hold some wood in place while I drilled) and voila! I have a nice, roomy, outdoor footrest! Ok..ok...it's a table...the perfect height to rest my feet!
One thing about this table is that it is not going to be moved by a Nor'easter or a tropical storm. Still up in the air about a tornado! Yes siree, she's a sturdy little thing!
I started off with a pallet like this. I still have two more - anyone else want to make a table? They deserve to be saved from a bonfire! Yeesh!
The first thing I did was pry off the two slats on the bottom - one from each end so I would be able to access the future bolts with washers & nuts. Sorry, no pics of that
hour long fiasco part. Have you ever seen how many 3 inch nails they use per board on these things? You'd think they have to bear a lot of weight or something!
Next up was filling in the gaps. I used firring strips because they were
Unless you want to pry each and every board off, your spaces will vary. You can pry 'em off if you want. I didn't want to after the experience of the two on the other side. Nope...but you go right ahead, I'll just go get a nice cool drink and check out Facebook & e-mails. Anything good on TV? I'll wait. I can always come back tomorrow.
|Butted Apron Boards|
Are you having fun yet? It gets better and thank God for friends who show up to hold wood in place and help with clamps! Next up is drilling the holes for the legs. I borrowed clamps, but couldn't quite get them tight enough...enter Linda. Thank you, my friend! I used 2" x 6" pressure treated (PT) wood for the legs and randomly decided that 16" would be the perfect height for what I wanted
|Clamped in Place|
|Pretty, Shiny Ladies & Friends|
I did not put out the money for stainless steel....this is a pallet table, not a teak or mahogany table, friends. And they were
I also learned my lesson with the shutters. This time I numbered the legs on the bottom as well as their corresponding position on the inside of the bottom of the pallet. (You'll see in Part 2.)
Now it's time to exfoliate the lady! I used my orbital sander with 150 grit sandpaper and reduced the weathered look, smoothed her right down and got rid of a lot of those age spots, too!
|After the Spa Treatment|
The hard work is over