- You can make this entirely using hand tools, but it will be much easier if you have a jigsaw and a power sander. Both are inexpensive, easy to use, and will save you a lot of time and muscle aches.
- If you would like to try your hand at busting apart a pallet (it's quite easy to do) you will need a crowbar and a hammer with a claw for prying out nails.
- I used 1/2" dowels for the exposed pins. These are decorative and not necessary for the strength of the table. If you would like to include them, you will need a drill and a 1/2" bit for boring holes.
- I used wood glue, 1", and 3/4" nails to assemble the project. The glue gives the table it's strength: the nails are just needed to hold the pieces in place while the glue dries.
- A couple of clamps would be handy.
- I finished my table using Spar Urethane. It's a great outdoor finish that will protect the wood from the elements.
- I used 80 grit (rough) sandpaper, mostly to clean off dirt, and stopped there.
If you would like to give this project a try here are some plans:
Building it is very easy. If you are new to woodworking, maybe a new home owner who wants to get ready for outdoor entertaining this summer, this is a great project to start with. There is no need to get too fussy about any of it: it's supposed to look rustic!
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