It’s time to share our Winter Pinterest Challenge project!
This time around we made a table for our brand new patio!
In the latest version of our backyard plan, you might have noticed a table and benches. We looked a a few online, but they were all either too expensive or too small or not doggy-proof enough, so we found a few on Pinterest we liked (click on the photo for the original source).
So we decided to build our own out of pressure treated pine (on the bottom) and gorgeous cedar planks (on the top).
We constructed the frame out of pressure treated pine using a combination of nails and carriage bolts (for the legs).
Once we had the base completed, we could add the cedar top. We outlined the table (which is 8′ long, by the way) with 1″x6″ cedar planks using finish nails (we’ll go back and fill the holes before we seal the top).
We filled in the rest of the top with 1″x3″ planks.
And ended up with this beauty (don’t worry, she’s not finished yet).
We loved it…. but something was off. We weren’t a fan of the small, inset 4″x4″ legs. We had a couple of options: we could live with it, rebuild the whole table (and use a Kreg Jig to properly attach the legs), or clad the legs to beef them up. While we probably should have rebuilt the table to make it right, we decided to clad the legs instead.
It makes all the difference (clad on the left, unclad on the right).
This is the first time we haven’t completely finished one of our Pinteret Challenge projects. Once the pressure treated lumber has cured (and it’s very, very important to let it do so), we plan on painting the bottom of the table white and staining the cedar on top. This will echo the painted railings and stained floor boards on our deck. If you squint your eyes, you can almost see the finished product in the GIMPed version of the table.
We’re working on two benches to use with this table, but they weren’t in a state to be photographed (since we spent the rest of the weekend building their future home)! As always, we’ll update you when we get the benches finished and paint the table!
Did you participate in the Pinterest Challenge this go around?