Reclaimed wood side table

By | September 25, 2015

So here’s the first project I made from this reclaimed wood: A side table.

I used 18 planks in this table, roughly 14x80cm. I cut 4 planks in half minus the thickness of the planks so I could make “L” shaped legs with even sides. And 4 in half to make the support for the bottom shelf and table top. First I measured the legs, then sawed them, then clamped them, pre-drilled pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting, remove the clamps, add glue, clamp them again, put screws in, remove the excess glue and leave to dry.

Creating 1 side by clamping the side beams onto the legs, drilling them, gluing them, adding screws and clamping them again.

Creating 1 side by clamping the side beams onto the legs, drilling them, gluing them, adding screws and clamping them again.

Then I made the 2 sides by repeating that same process to add the support planks. I made 2 sides like this, then connected those with shorter side beams/planks.

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Clamped, glued and screwed. Connecting the 2 sides together.

 

Waiting for the bottom shelf to dry and set.

Waiting for the bottom shelf to dry and set.

 

Next up is the table top.

Next up is the table top.

 

Table op is done. Also sanded the whole thing down to make it nice and smooth.

Table top is done. Also sanded the whole thing down to make it nice and smooth.

 

And this is what it looks like with a coat of paint and inside the house.

And this is what it looks like with a coat of paint and inside the house.

Things I learned from this:

Make photos of every step. Makes it nicer to share and for other people to see how it is done. Right now I used a gopro to capture creating just the legs on film, would have been better to take photos as well.

Thinking ahead in terms of what steps to do first, what tools to use in what order, having space to work comfortably on makes a huge difference.

For the next table I would make the tabletop rest directly on the legs. Right now, the table top rests on the side beams which rest against the legs. It’s a very sturdy table, however, a lot of that is because I used glue. Had I only used screws here, the table would not be as strong as it is.

Ow, and I also made this little toolbox for my circular saw on the side.

Replacement toolbox for my circular saw.

Replacement toolbox for my circular saw.

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