The gates at the side of our house succumbed to a big wind storm recently. The cause was ground rot on the posts, but that meant that most of the wood was still in pretty good condition despite being over thirty years old. Instead of throwing it out my wife suggested recycling it to make an outdoor table.

Step 1: Gathering the materials

The materials required for a table were conveniently the same as the materials avaiable from the broken gates, namely

4x4 posts approx 6ft long (4)
4x2 rails approx 3ft (2)
Palings (enough to cover a 6ft x 3ft surface)
Hinges (4)

Tip: because of the age of the wood I found it easier to saw the palings off the frame before de-nailing, to prevent splitting them.
Circular saw should be fine. As long as you install fine-cutting blade, and adjust the depth to board thickness.
 I was checking out Instructables looking for ideas to create a rustic kitchen worktable. Thanks for your post. I liked your approach with the hinges on the edges and using the rough 4x4 posts. You may have completed my search for a design :-) The variations of color on the table top are really pretty.
The colour variations are the result of our watering system. Where the water reached the fence the palings were bleached white. By mixing up the palings from various parts of the fence and playing with the orientations I was able to get this very pleasing effect.<br />
THIS makes me really happy. <br /> <br /> due to the snowpocalypse there is a ridiculous amount of used broken and forgotten wood laying in dumpsters around here ( tear )&nbsp;<br /> i see it all the time and took some the other day,&nbsp; ill be going back for more after looking at this. <br />
Nice reuse project!<br />
I really like the hinge detail !
Did you prime or otherwise seal the cut portions of the wood to prevent future rot from occurring?<br />
Colorado is a pretty dry climate and I have no concerns with future rot so I didn't bother with sealing or treating the timber. If you are building in a wetter climate then sealing might be necessary, but even untreated it would still take a significant period of time for rot to become an issue.<br /> <br /> The only reason the posts rotted is because they were constantly exposed to water where they met the concrete footer. Whoever built the fence neglected to slope the concrete away from the base of the post.<br />
Well you did a good job repurposing your gate.&nbsp; Enjoy it!<br />

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