Simple Side Table From a Fence Post




Introduction: Simple Side Table From a Fence Post

About: I am a Marine Engineer in the RNZN (41 years done in various navies) and am looking forward to retirement!!! so I can do more messing about with tools

It's lockdown time again in NZ, only for 1 week this time but there was no time to buy in supplies for some projects, so I will just use what I have lying around.
I need a small side table to balance my refreshing libation on whilst relaxing on my chaise by the pool πŸ˜‚

Step 1: Materials

A fencepost, or 4 offcuts from fenceposts
Dog nails /rail staples
Ceramic tile
Tile grout
Compound mitre saw
Bench sander

Step 2: Cut the Fence Post Up and Shape Legs

Cut the fence post into 4 equal lengths using the compound sliding mitre saw and then tapered each leg (I used 4 offcuts of fenceposts from building a lean to)
I also sanded the inner surfaces of each leg as they would be difficult to get to later

Step 3: Glue the Legs Together and Sand Down

I used a waterproof wood glue and glued the 4 legs together and clamped them.
When dry I sanded the whole lot on the bench sander

Step 4: Add the Staples/dog Nails

Whilst these are for decoration they also provide a lot of strength to the structure.
I have had these knocking around the shed for a while so cleaned them up, painted then and then predrilled the holes before hammering them in.
They are offset from each other to prevent the spikes hitting each other or splitting the wood

Step 5: Make Sure Its Nice and Stable

The table had a little bit of a "rock" on it.
One leg was about 2mm shorter than the others
There are 2 ways to rectify this
1) try and cut or sand 2mm off the other 3 legs, this almost never works
2) put on your big boy pants and use a piece of wood to help you mark all 4 legs while the table is in a stable position then carefully cut off a decent bit off all 4 legs with a tenon saw

Step 6: Tile the Top

I covered the top in a thick layer of glue and added a tile left over from my chaise project

Step 7: Grout

I put some parcel tape around the tile, then grouted with black grout (again left from my chaise)

Step 8: Varnish

Gave it a coat of marine varnish that I found in a cupboard

Step 9: And in Its Place

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    2 months ago

    Nice project, the dog nails is nice addition.
    I was thinking 'ohh I'm not sure about the tiled top' but when I saw your final it fits perfectly with your design theme πŸ‘


    Reply 2 months ago

    Thank you


    3 months ago

    I like the angle on the legs. I recently saw something similar in a TikTok and think I might have to consider finding out to do that myself for a project later.


    Reply 3 months ago

    Thanks, I'm happy to say that I've never accessed TikTok 😊


    Reply 3 months ago

    Yeah, I didn't until recently. It definitely sucks you in, but I am trying to coordinate my videos on YouTube with videos for TikTok in order to try to get more action in YouTube.