Introduction: Outdoor Table Top – Replacing Our Demolished Barn Door Table
Building a lasting outdoor table top. Last winter we had an unprecedented amount of ice on our roof, I have NEVER seen icicles like that before either on my home or on any of the homes in my neighborhood. (Normally it would be a sign of heat loss but not last year, last year it was EVERYONE’S house.) A combination of a lot of moisture and just enough (but not enough) melting created one crazy amount of ice.
We had noticed a good several inches deep of ice build up along the roof line in the back in late winter but there really wasn’t anything we could do about it. One night we heard some serious thumping…
Thank goodness no one was standing there to get hit!
The entire length of the ridge of ice let loose and BOOM, shattered across the deck taking out everything in its way. The table I built out of an old barn door a couple of years ago didn’t stand a change! Everything else (fortunately) was OK though.
Step 1: Adding the Top and Cutting It Off
Grandpa’s benches are so tough it didn’t surprise me at all that they didn’t have a mark on them. (Lodi thought that they’re too awesome to be left outside all the time and I concurred after this so they’ll be getting retired to garage seating this fall – I plan on purchasing these outdoor chairs from Amazon as a replacement.)
As with all catastrophes I always try to look on the bright side of things. One: my table base I built out of treated 2x4s was still good to go and Two: I loved that old barn door but, to be honest, it really wasn’t all that great as a table top. For one obvious thing it wasn’t flat so you had to be careful when you put down a drink. Another thing, at well over three feet, it was much wider than it needed to be for a table. So, I took this as an opportunity to build us exactly what we wanted.
Step 2: Completion and Use
One great perk was how easy this top was to build!
After removing the old barn door I added green treated deck boards to the top until it was covered. Easy peesy! I started with a board in the center then just worked my way out using 3 inch deck screws. I put them on so they hung over one end exactly 12 inches. Then, with the boards secure, I cut the excess off the other end with my skill saw so it had a 12 inch hang over on both sides. All in the top ended up a few inches longer than the barn door and also a few inches narrower. Green treated deck boards are less expensive than purchasing treated 1x6s – they’re a little differently manufactured and cut so they’re not exactly a “normal” 1×6 but there isn’t a huge difference…
Like when I built the deck I smooshed the boards as tight together as I could.
Treated lumber is generally very very very wet when you bring it home and will shrink a lot over the first year it dries so there will be gaps next year, between the boards, in the table top for drainage.
We are very happy to have a great table now!