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Hardwood Dining Table from Recycled Pallets

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!

aNot a very good photo, but this was the box full of unwanted gluts. Should have got a pic before I started.

bHere 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.

cCutting the support braces.

eNext 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.

dHere are the legs sanded and almost ready to whack on.

FullSizeRenderPre-drilling and countersinking the legs.

FullSizeRender (1) 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.

fBraces on, now to attach the legs.

gThe legs were then drilled and bolted on using cup-head coach bolts.

hLeg 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.

iHere’s the end pieces sanded and drilled ready to go on.

jThat’s the table finished!

kNow to start the chairs!

FullSizeRenderHeres the timber for the chairs, the straightest ones i have left without any splits or knots.

FullSizeRender (1)Using offcuts to join the pieces together, screwed from underneath with countersunk baton screws.

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FullSizeRender (4)Here i am having a play around deciding on the height of the chairs.

IMG_442191922Ok! 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.

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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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Hardwood Sleeper Dining Table

With my love for restoring old hardwood timber, I decided to build a dining table / bench seat arrangement for home. This would soon be one of those pieces of furniture you keep for life. The thought of where these sleepers had come from in their past life, being out in the weather with years of punishing abuse from trains, and how with a bit of TLC they would soon be brought to life again.

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P1010957So, this is what i have bought-10 used sleepers. Half Ironbark and half something else. Straight up, I had them sent to a huge sawmill to be split down the middle. There’s no way i could have done this myself without a lot of effort.

IMG_2402After taking off the outer skin and docking them to length this is what i had to work with. As you can see in the background, the off-cuts i would use for a matching coffee table.

IMG_2404 IMG_2405After choosing my pieces and arranging the way they sat with the old bolt holes etc now for the gluing.

IMG_2414 IMG_2416Here we are gluing the pieces together.

Table with top offNext was the frame design. I had designed the legs for easy removal with a wider footprint for good balance.

Table TopNext was to design where to rout out the underside of the top for the frame to nest into. This was probably not necessary but I did it anyway.

IMG_2495Here is the table top with the groove cut into it for the stainless steel frame.

P1020286The frame and legs assembled.

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IMG_2485 IMG_2486The table finally sanded flat, all bolt holes have been filled with resin.

IMG_2489I put a bit of an angle on the bench seats so its not so uncomfortable to sit on.

IMG_2493 IMG_2494 IMG_2490Then the timber was oiled with tongue oil.

P1020300 The bases for the chairs ready to go on.

IMG_2580The finished table.

Sorry no recent photo has been taken with the table lately. To date the table has has brought us many good times with good company. Solid as a rock and something i will keep forever.

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