***I also decided to add a photo that captured my 10 ft bear sculpture in the background....maybe that will get me a few more votes at the end of the day*** :)
So now....on to the story.....
I've had an outdoor patio table with a tile top that I got years ago for cheap at the grocery store. It was nothing special, but I could at least change out the tiles when I got sick of the look, and wanted to change it up a bit. The existing tile table top did it's job, but I wanted to test my abilities on making my first table top made out of 100% reclaimed wood (well, 99%).
I picked up a truck bed full of pressure treated 2x4's, 2x6's, 2x8's, and 4x4's off Craigslist for free that use to be a deck. From the photos that were posted on the ad, the wood looked great. However, upon my arrival, I realized the lady just knew how to take good photos! The wood was in pretty bad shape (tons of nails, some not even salvageable, etc) but I'm a sucker, and still took it off the hands of the sweet old lady who was having her sisters coming in town that weekend.....which was the reason she needed them gone ASAP. She was so happy that I took the wood, she even snapped a photo of me by my truck with all the wood in the bed.
When I got back to the house, I picked out a wide variety of pieces, and started to square them up w/ the jointer and plane them down with the planer. To my surprise, after about an 1/8 of an inch taken off on each side, the wood was looking pretty good.