Pallet Wood Dining Table

Introduction: Pallet Wood Dining Table

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So I was looking for an outdoor dining table but because I'm strange, I can't just buy one off the shelf. Besides, it's more fun to make one myself anyway.

I had this crazy thought about using pallet wood pieces but as usual, the thought and the execution did not go hand in hand.

Step 1: Make It Work

After visiting the nearby pallet wood rehabber guy, Twitchy (my pet name for him), I came home and assembled all the pieces upside down. The gap in the middle was for a planter, ya know, for that fill-it-with-ice, keep-items-cold idea.

Once I had all the pieces arranged, I thought huh. Well. Now how the heck am I gonna do this. Great. An idea with no solution!

Step 2: Researching

It wasn't until I found DAP's Weldwood Plastic Resin Glue that I was finally able to make this whack-a-doo idea come to fruition.

Bar top resin was the obvious route but a.) it doesn't work in the reverse i.e. build a mould, add the pieces, pour, pop out, 2.) it's not UV and weather resistant, and c.) I'd need like four hundred bucks worth (nope). You can read all the details about what I was finding over on my blog, Flipping the Flip, by clicking the link in the sidebar.

Step 3: Mix It Up

I mixed up the glue. Darn if it wasn't super runny mixed using the instructions. Well, gotta give it a shot. (Later I did mix it differently to thicken it up.)

Step 4: Make It Work

So I skooched the pieces apart, dabbled on some glue, pushed them back together (no clamps). Then after all the sides had glue on them, I poured the remaining in the joints where I could. Held my breath, walked away slowly, and waited.

Step 5: Wow

The next day I lifted the half of table I glued and it all came up as one piece. Holy cats and dogs. The glue worked! What an amazing glue! Although, it did seep through to the front side. That was a big bummer.

Step 6: Keep Working

Countless hours of chipping and scraping the glue off the face with a chisel later, I had to go back and re-glue several areas. I crammed some shims in as necessary, and yeah, used a bit of Gorilla glue here and there but it all worked.

Step 7: Leg It

I had won a Pretty Pegs gift certificate from a previous Instructables project (thank you!!) so I used them for this. Yes, they are indoor legs but I sealed them up with several coats of spar outdoor polyurethane. Magically the brackets fit in perfectly.

Step 8: Although...

Although then the table was wiggly. I suspect it's a combination of a not-solid-throughout top and the legs too close together. So I added some longer pallet wood slats underneath to frame it up, sturdy it up. It helped but not completely.

Step 9: Inpection

It passed.

Step 10: Seal It Up

Final step was to seal the table top with several coats of an outdoor poly. It bought out the details and grain of the wood, the saw-burnt edges of some of the pieces -- it was crazy amazing.

Step 11: Move Outdoors

It's done! Yes it's scratchy, yes it's a bit dangerous, yes there are rusty nail bits and holes and gaps and rough edges but we're grown ups. Plus, that's how I like it. Take the idea and run with it, adapt it to how you see fit.

Come see all the details about this and many other spiffy projects over on my blog!

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    3 years ago

    Love it, but i think the legs dun match the cool top. and the idea for the plants gap is wow. good work. \m/

    Flipping the Flip
    Flipping the Flip

    Reply 3 years ago

    True, it is a mix of styles. Thank you so much for your kind words!

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    6 years ago

    Really fun! I'm glad you decided to make a table yourself instead of buying one :)

    Flipping the Flip
    Flipping the Flip

    Reply 6 years ago

    Thank you so much! :)