Today’s project is very versatile—it can be used as a coffee table or bench indoors or out! It’s easy to make and for me it was relatively free of any cost, just a lot of labor hauling the reclaimed wood and building the table.
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Because I was looking for something quick and easy for Glendale this year I decided this reclaimed wood coffee table was the perfect project to work on at the end of a very long and busy work day.
4×4 16” (4) legs
2×4 44” (2) long skirt
2×4 12” (2) short skirt
fence boards 20” (9) table top
Pocket Hole Screws 2 1/2” (16)
36 1 5/8” screws (all weather if you plan to have this outdoors)
Kreg Jig (and bits)
I dug through the stock I have stored away and found a couple of 2×4’s and one 4×4. In all honesty, the height of my table was determined by the length of my 4×4. I divided it by 4, and got 16”. I drilled all of the pocket holes in each end of the 2×4’s (skirt).
If you don’t have a pocket hole jig, you can use “L” brackets. However, if you do a lot of projects, I highly recommend you investing in one of these jigs. For more details see my post How To Use A Kreg Jig
I attached each end of the skirt to the 4×4’s. Any table looks best if you have a slight inset for the table skirt.
I then attached the longer sides using the same inset. I was so pleased with how quick this table was coming together.
I used the Kreg marking and measuring tool to use as a guide for drilling pilot holes for the screws to secure the planks on the table top. I wanted the screws to look uniform along the length of the planks.
I used 1 5/8” exterior screws, countersinking them into the plank boards. Because I didn’t want to rip any plank boards, I spaced them with a slight gap all the way across to make them come out evenly from end to end.
I love it! It was the perfect fill-in project to do. I’m thinking I need to do some smaller side tables. I’ve been calling this a table, but you can see that it would also work perfect as extra seating on the patio. Yep, I sat on it, and the boards are very sturdy.
At the end of the next day, I only had a few minutes to kill, so I did a quick whitewash on the table/bench. It’s HEAVY and long, so it was difficult to lift onto the work table.
Because I was so busy getting ready for Glendale 2016, I totally forgot to take any other pictures.
You can see how it turned out here. It sold very early along with the outdoor beverage bar. It’s very versatile-it can be indoor/outdoor seating (bench) or a coffee table for the patio.
Where would you use it?