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)
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.