On Monday, I told you about my latest scavenging adventures in an old abandoned restaurant. I fell in love with this old wash tub. It’s perfect for parties, a bag of ice, add your sodas and beer, and it’s the perfect cooler.
Or, how about a small table? Put a piece of glass on top and it’s a coffee table for a sunroom or porch.
Or if you don’t have a piece of glass…you know where this is going don’t you…how about pallet wood?
This project makes use of all those side pieces of the pallets that are usually discarded…the pieces with all the nails.
Of course you’ll have to do something with those pesky nails. You do have a choice though, you can hammer them the rest of the way in, cut them off, or pull them out…or a combination of all three.
While you’re tackling your nails, you can also start to lay out your wood to see how much you’ll need. Each piece should be about 2 inches wider than your tub.
Mark the center of your tabletop and mark an equal distance on all sides with chalk to create a circle.
Because the wood is so thick, I cut the pieces individually with a chop saw.
Make sure the top is level, then piece by piece attach with common nails or long deck screws.
Start at the middle and build out, using more nails for the longer center boards until your circle is complete.
The bottom of the table has a personality all it’s own. I think that the table would look awesome with this side up and a piece of glass over top. But since I still don’t have a piece of glass, we shall continue.
The top is level but it needed a lot of sanding to round off the side edges.
I still had a couple of these wood rounds I had previously used for an orb chandelier and the edging on my clock table. This one was so misshaped it wasn’t good for anything else but it would be the perfect edging for my table if I could get it on without cracking.
Little by little I nailed it on with a nail gun and finishing nails.
I got lucky, it didn’t crack, but it also emphasized where my circle wasn’t quite circular. I’m pretty sure, nobody will be asking me to make them a wheel any time soon.
Since my circle wasn’t exactly perfect, I used paintable/stainable caulk to fill in the gaps between the wooden hoop and the pallet wood. Before finishing, the caulk got a bit of dark walnut stain.
The entire top was painted with a coat of light walnut varathane. That’s the finish with the stain and polyurethane in one step. While the light walnut was still wet, I added a coat of the dark walnut varathane to the edge areas, blending it in with the center.
If you are going to use the table outside make sure your varnish is rated for outdoor use.
The pitcher was also from the restaurant scavenging trip.
The top is fairly heavy so it makes a very sturdy table but it can also be removed for party time.
Have a great week, stay inspired.
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