Well I finally broke down and decided to give an insructable publishing a shot! I love this site and felt that it was time to start contributing. I hope you all enjoy and please share with me how yours turn out.
I upcycled all reclaimed items for this project.
-One 6 foot wooden ladder I found in the garbage
-Two wooden pallete's
-2 2x6 Beams from a demolished local church that I dumpster dove for
Step 1: Cut the Pallete
I cut the pallete to a size of 21 inches deep. On the one side I cut flush to the existing "beams" in the pallete.
On the opposite side I left the slats hang over about 4 inches.
The Width is 40". But this in negotiable depending on which palletes you find.
Step 2: Rip the Legs
You can use anything you want for the legs. The beams that I reclaimed were a bit thick - So I used a table saw to rip them in half.
You will have 4 legs at 36" each when this step is complete
The legs are 36" long which is the correct height for the potting bench. Feel free to use any lumber you wish and even the supports from the pallete would work if stiffened properly.
When Ripping reclaimed lumber REMOVE ANY EXISTING NAILS AND SCREWS first. Remember to wear eye protection at all times while running any saws. I've been to the hospital for a splinter in my pupil. NOT fun. $2 safety goggles are worth every penny.
Step 3: Notch the Rear of the Pallete for the Legs
Notch the pallete flush in the rear on both sides in order to properly attach the 36" legs you just created.
Step 4: Attach the Legs
This is when the table starts to take shape. In step 3 we notched the rear of the pallete. Now attach the legs in those two notches and nail or screw. Repeat this step on the front as well.
Make sure you have a level handy. The legs can be adjusted once we sure them up later, but make the pallete table top as level as possible. This can be tricky because my pallete had been outside since Abe Lincoln was president so it was not level.
Step 5: Brace Yourself
I performed surgery on my trash ladder and used the back end of it to stiffen the legs. I cut the ladder piece to 40", the same size of the table top in order to straighten everything out. I left the rungs on the ladder because it looked cool and will hold stuff, Hose, cable, tape etc. I did the same thing for the sides and measured it to 21" just like the top. I had my level handy for this step as well just to true everything up before I nailed it.
Step 6: Top Shelf Style
The reason I left a 4" overhang in step one was for the top shelf. Notch the rear as shown in the picture and attach (I used reclaimed pressure treated 2x4's) to the table top's brace supports. I had another pallete from a previous project and used a sawzall to cut through the supports as shown below.
The top shelf is kind of an afterthought but really made the project whole. The two erect 2x4's that we added to the tabletop dictate the size of the top shelf. Oce I had it attached the way I liked I used pieces of the leftover trash ladder to brace it on any angle possible.
Step 7: Finished
Im very happy with how it turned out and it took about 2 hours in total. I added a center shelf about halfway up the top shelf with some more left over pieces and was very happy with the overall look, height and feel of the table.