How to: Table Made From Scraps
A friend of mine recently moved back to our neighborhood. She likes to spend a lot of time out on her front porch. Yes, she is a little high maintenance, meaning she needs all of her “things” near her. When she asked if I could make her a table to use as sort of a “coffee table” with her porch swing, of course I said yes.
She had planned on using a piano bench, but found that it was too large for the porch. Fortunately, she knew just what size she needed and she wanted it to have spindle legs so that it would match her rocking chair. After getting the measurements, I got to work, digging through my scraps.
Simple Table Made From Scraps
First I got some 1x’s that I had already ripped for another project (Living Room Media Center)
I had some porch spindles. They were easy to cut on the compound miter saw.
Attach Spindle Legs to Table Frame
I used 3 screws on each leg, 2 on one side, one on the other side.
No Pocket Joinery Needed
Add Scrap Flooring for Table Top
Can you tell what the top is made of? Yep, you see the extra pieces laying right there on the driveway. Tongue and groove flooring, just like I used for the top of my nightstand.
umm do you see that green paint? On that corner? My regular readers will know what that means. I paid .51 cents for the original board. This would be the second project I got out of that board. See, I told you this is a table made from scraps! Scrap wood, spindles and flooring!
Upside Down Flooring is Unfinished
This tongue and groove flooring was free. It was given to me a couple of years ago. It’s thin, so it can’t be used on anything large. But I have some thick flooring in my stockpile should I need it. I have used the thick flooring for bench seats. I have used the flooring right side up, and upside down.
It looks like bead board, don’t you think? Anyone who has installed a floor would have small scraps of this left over.
It took Marianne a couple of weeks to get around to painting this table. We had quite a heat spell going on, and she had just moved in … yada, yada, yada.
Marianne paints EVERYTHING black! She is also a great repurposer! Do you recognize that little red piece in the background? I’ll explain that in a minute.
Look! She even has great taste in magazines!
Don’t you thing it looks great in black! Like it’s all decked out for a party!
Remember this little rustic table I made from a cabinet door? The day after I made Marianne’s little spindle table, I thought to myself “that was pretty easy, I think I’ll try another”. But, I’m getting low on spindles so I used the 1x2’s instead. Earlier this week, Marianne told me she needed another table for her fan, and her speakers. I told her I had one that I made recently, but that it was red.
She came down to look at it, and I told her to take it for a test drive to see if it met her needs. When I went to her house to take these pictures she wasn’t home. It looks to me like it holds her fan and speakers just fine. I wonder if she’ll paint it black?