Step 1: Supplies
You could use the standard butcher block standard of using glue, but I opt to use bolts instead..
Parts for one in-table:
- 31x planks cut to roughly at 24" lengths
- 2x 5/8"-11-2' all thread rods, 24" lengths
- 4x 5/8"-11 nuts
- 4x 5/8 flat washers
- 4x wood screws
- 60 grit sand paper
- 100 grit sand paper
- 150 grit sand paper
- 320 grit sand paper or steel wool
- polyurethane sealer
- 1x 5 gallon bucket
- Jigsaw, Table Saw, Miter Saw, Hand Saw or something, to make the plank cuts.
- Drill press or Drill, to make the all thread holes
- Wrench or Socket, to tighten the nuts
- a hammer, to pull the nails
- a screwdriver or gun
- Sanding Block or Electric Sander
- Tape Measure
- 7/8 Spade Bit, for the holes
- something to mark lines or holes
- brushes, for polyurethane
- understanding, from significant other
I am not responsible if you get in trouble, if you tear down your neighbors fencing. Please obtain your wood planks according to local laws and ordinances. Please read all safety material for your tools. Please use a well ventilated area when using polyurethane and read the instructions on the can.
Step 2: Wood Prep: Pointy Things
Hammer the points of the nails enough till head is high enough on the other side to pull the nail out. Unscrew the screws if possible.
Step 3: Wood Prep: Cuts
Step 4: Wood Prep: the Holes
I made a jig to line up the top edge and the hole cuts.
Step 5: Make the Stack
You will notice that after you put all the planks on, it will be taller than the All Thread. You will need to compress or push the planks down till you can get the washers and nuts on. You may have to loosen the nuts on the other side to give enough room for the other side.
Step 6: Bolt It Down
Start to tighten the nuts evenly. The stack will compress. Use your own judgement on how tight the nuts will be.
Step 7: Attaching the Base
Measure the center of the table and screw your bucket down. Remove the handle, as this may get in the way.
You may wonder as the stability of this is. It is stable enough to put small stuff on, like a light lamp or something. This may get upgraded to pipe legs or half of a wood barrel eventually., who knows.
Step 8: Sanding
Step 9: Sealing
I used a clear water-based Polyurethane to seal the wood. Please follow the directions on the can for proper use.
This is the slow process of the project. Brush one layer on, wait a couple of hours, brush another layer on, wait a couple hours again.. and so on... You may want to sand lightly with 320 grit between 2 or 3 coats, you could also use steel wool to smooth it out, I used grade #0000 on the last two coats. Put as many layers on your table as you desire.
Info on Polyurethane Sealing ~ here ~