Today I am going to start another project making a dining table setting from recycled hardwood pallets. This will be for sale when its finished!
The idea I am going for is a rustic looking setting with two bench seats, keeping it small and solid.
My target buyer is possibly a small family or couple who are looking for a small space saving table for perhaps in a unit/townhouse with not much space.
The timber I will be using is 70 x 70 x 1220mm pieces also know as gluts. They are commonly used to space the pallets off the ground so a forklift can get under it for example.
Since I have been making this blog and small furniture projects I have only been using the long 60 x 45 x 2400 sticks so the ‘glut’ pile has been sitting there until now. Time to create!
Not a very good photo, but this was the box full of unwanted gluts. Should have got a pic before I started.
Here they are laid out on the flat cement ground. Since the timbers aren’t exactly the same size I need to build this upside down so they are all flat on the top and uneven on the bottom. If that makes sense.
Cutting the support braces.
Next was to fabricate the steel support braces. Here they are drilled and countersunk. The back one is raw steel the front two have the first coat of clear on them to stop them rusting.
Here are the legs sanded and almost ready to whack on.
Pre-drilling and countersinking the legs.
Here’s a shot of me attaching the steel supports to the top. Note because the timbers are various thicknesses they had to be packed so they remain flat on the top when turned over.
Braces on, now to attach the legs.
The legs were then drilled and bolted on using cup-head coach bolts.
Leg supports all done. Screwed together using countersunk batton screws. Last thing to do now is attach the end pieces to hide all the end grains.
Here’s the end pieces sanded and drilled ready to go on.
That’s the table finished!
Now to start the chairs!
Heres the timber for the chairs, the straightest ones i have left without any splits or knots.
Using offcuts to join the pieces together, screwed from underneath with countersunk baton screws.
Here i am having a play around deciding on the height of the chairs.
Ok! here it is done! I have missed a few photos of welding the legs and painting them, Since I screwed it all together its also been oiled using tongue oil.
So there it is. Done.
Its a perfect little 4 seater. Would suit a couple living in a unit or apartment as a convenient dining table or on a deck or something. Its solid and bloody heavy. There’s not many tables these days that are made like this, to last.
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