Here's our Reclaimed Wood Flat Pack Picnic Table With Planter (I know. It's a mouthful). There is a gutter running down the center below the tabletop surface that can be filled with ice to put your beers in on a hot day, or for planting herbs (reach across the table to get the freshest seasoning for your food) or decorative plants.
Making this table flat-pack was an easy decision: neither of us has a truck. The table was made in pieces: two ends that provide the structure for the table, two center pieces with the tabletop slats, the trough, and the removable legs that simply screw in place. Disassembly and reassembly take minutes, and everything can be fit in the back of a compact car.
All the wood in this project is reclaimed except for the table legs, which were purchased from Discount Builder's Supply in San Francisco. As always, the design was influenced by the materials: we would have made the slats go lengthwise, but most of the beautiful pieces of reclaimed redwood we had were short, so they're widthwise instead.
At the time we made this table, we didn't have access to a jointer or planer, so we sanded our reclaimed wood with palm sanders. The whole project took us about a week, but it would take far less time with a jointer and planer.
This was made at TechShop San Francisco
, TechShop Menlo Park
, and in the backyard. It was inspired in part by Far Out Flora's Succulent Table
and Ana White's Outdoor Dining Table
Note: this Instructable is for the table only. Another Instructable, for the two matching benches, is coming soon!
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