It all started a couple weeks ago. I was over at a friends house using his workshop to make some desks for the studio. Sometime during the afternoon I mentioned it would sure be nice if I had a table saw at home. Well, a couple days later I got a text from the friend. He said he had found a very expensive table saw for really cheap, and figured since I would probably want it he went ahead and bought it for me. He said if I wanted to pay him back we could go get it the next day!
When I did get the saw home it sat on my trailer in the garage for a few weeks since it was too heavy to move. But, eventually we had some people over for dinner and they helped me unload it. The rest of the story I’ll tell as captions to the photos below.
Here’s the table saw and vacuum system in the garage. Only 300+ Pounds.
The former owner of the saw had given me some scrap wood, so it all started with some flower boxes, and then a mail cart for the studio, and then a mail tray for the studio.
But then one evening I was browsing Instagram and inspiration hit. A friend of ours was giving away a coffee table he made out of reclaimed wood. All of a sudden it hit me like a spark! I still had a pile of old pallets sitting next to the house. They had been destined for Piano Ranch, but after the destruction had never made it out there. I think it was late at night, and I was barefoot, and it was dark, but I jumped up turned my iPhone flashlight on and ran outside to take a look.
That night as I lay in bed the whole thing came together. All the pieces of pallets in that pile swirling around in my head slowly formed into a coffee table. The next day it only took a couple hours to cut them up and put them together.
I used old screws from a Piano as the main bolts to hold the legs on.
Once it was together I sanded it down it, then stained it, then sanded and stained it again with a polyurethane coat, and then maybe one more sanding and one more coat.
That was it for the coffee table.
After the coffee table Suzy requested a new night stand. That took the next evening.
Then came the jackpot where I discovered the max capacity of my car and trailer is 37 pallets!
For a long time Suzy and I have been wanting a counter top height table for our breakfast nook. But we could never seem to find one just the right height, and just the right width, and with foot bars in just the right place, and one that was made out of real wood. All the ones we did find we’re never right. Well this was my chance to fix that problem!
First I cut all the top boards into little strips.
Then I removed the nails from the support boards. Then I put all the strips in a mold crossing each other and glued them together.
I used the support boards for a frame and legs.
Added the glued together top piece.
Added a bottom for some extra stability.
Use the extra little pieces for some nice side walls and sanded. 60 grit, then 150 grit, then 220 grit.
Coat of stain and poly.
Sanded again, and added another coat.
Once the table was done we needed benches. Those came together in a few hours. I was going to make the seats by gluing more little pieces together the same as the table top. But one of our neighbors had just left a really quality piece of 2″ plywood in our driveway (I think it was a gift for my project). So I cut that up and used it as the seat. Since these were going to be painted I wasn’t worried about getting the nice wood grain.
Finally a quick coat of paint.
Placement, and adding some art to fit the style.
And I’m done.
Hopefully you found some inspiration to bring your own wood working self out of the box!