Table Made of Fence Posts

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Table made of old Fence Posts by Marty's Musings

Written by my husband:  
So, in the process of a couple remodeling projects and the replacement of various pieces of junk furniture, the evil magnetic pull of Pinterest influenced my bride to ask for a more rustic, home-made coffee table for the den.  The original plan was to salvage an old window sash and convert it into something like this table.  I think that’s still the long-term goal, but for now, I decided to see what I could whip-up from materials in the back yard.  My intent was to spend nothing as little as possible with the most effective result – you know, high yield, low investment.  A few years ago I had removed an old fence and saved the slats…for “someday.”  Well, someday finally came and those dirty old fence slats are now this very brilliantly crafted,cool little table!

 

There were no plans – just getting from “a” to “c” with elbow-grease at “b”.  I knew I just needed a simple box frame, slats with a lot of character for the top, and legs.  The rest was easy.  I cut all the pieces for the entire table, lightly sanded all the surfaces of each piece, and assembled, using some large furniture clamps, wood glue, and finish nails.

 

 

 

 

 
I anticipated that the trickiest part of the whole project would be getting all four legs exactly the same length, especially using old and slightly warped wood.  I was right.  But, after some grinding and finish sanding, it leveled just fine.

 
I decided not to apply any kind of stain or polyurethane, since this was for inside use and the color/character was just what we were looking for.  It looks great in the room, opens up the space we desperately needed around the couch, and didn’t require one single trip to the local home improvement store.

 

 

 

 

Cost of old fence slats – 0
Wood glue/nails – 0 (already had both)
Total time – 3 hours
End Result – priceless!

I may have discovered a new hubby hobby…YIKES!

Marty’s Husband Tim

***If you like this project, feel free to pin it. More of my husband’s handiwork can be found with his DIY window table project, chalk painted hutch, den makeover and fence slat centerpiece. 

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Comments

  1. Wow! Love that table! So creative and simple!

  2. OMG, Marty! Your DH is a real gooding doing that for you.

    It didn’t came across my wildest fantasy of making a coffee table out of the fence wood.

    TY for sharing your great idea.

    Happy MET Day,
    /CC

  3. well looky there – you can be proud of that table. Very nice!!

  4. LOVE it! Wow!!!

  5. Such a great table! It looks great in that room too! Handy hubbies are the best aren’t they?

  6. This is beautiful! It doesn’t even look like it’s made from a fence. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday 🙂

  7. You’re timing couldn’t be more perfect! I want my husband to build me a table this week!! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up!

    Anna
    http://www.askannamoseley.com

  8. Fantastic job! Tim that is a wonderful lookin’ table, and Marty you are one lucky gal! I’m glad I found y’all via the Blackberry Vine. I’m a new follower too, so we can stay connected. I would love for you to stop by and follow too. Have a great week, Lori

  9. This is GREAT! LOVE it! Simple and FREE!!!! I found you via Our Delightful Home and am now following via GFC so I can keep an eye out for more of your fantastic ideas & projects! I would love for you to stop by The Vintage Milk House when you have time! Have a wonderful rest of the week! – Kali

  10. Wow, this is so impressive. I think I could make a bracelet for free, but that’s about it, lol. I love how gorgeous and rustic this piece turned out. Nice job. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week!

  11. This is really awesome! I love the commentary too:0)

  12. Oh my! This looks amazing! From a fence?! That is genius! I am really enjoying reading your blog, and I am a new follower. Would you consider sharing this at my party?
    http://www.thetaylor-house.com/2012/04/taylor-house-thursday-3.html

  13. Your hubby is a smart man! Love this table and I’m glad you didn’t add anything to it – it has beautiful character already!

    Thanks for sharing at Simply Klassic!

    And thanks for letting me know you were an adoptive parent as well. I was blessed today reading your story. I fear that my daughter will deal with some of the same issues, but so far the dr seems to think her issues are normal for her age. I guess we’ll see.

  14. That table is the most amazing coffee table I have ever seen you hubby deserves an A+. I love this so much That I could not wait to tell you I will feature it next Sunday on my blog for the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose

  15. Wow, it is gorgeous!

  16. Just gorgeous!!

  17. Oh, it turned out so well! Great job Marty!
    Melody
    One Chatty Chic

  18. Love Love the table, the price and the sense of humor! Way to go Marty’s husband *grin*

  19. That’s just beautiful!

  20. What an awesome table and an even more awesome husband for seeing your vision through to fruition! Visiting from Serenity Now!

    ~Ellie @ beauty4ashes-ellie.blogspot.com

  21. I love this table! It is gorgeous! I would love for you to link up at my party going on now on The Crafty Blog Stalker! Thanks for the great tutorial!

    http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2012/06/blog-stalking-thursday-46.html

  22. Wow, that looks awesome!!

  23. Wow! Very Impressive! You have a goldmine there in that husband of yours. Thank you for sharing this at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again next week. Wishing you a grand day. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  24. Wow – I love it – Pinterest can be so inspiring – I will be pinning this one!

  25. love this and I am going to share on my FB page. If you would like to link it up starting Wednesday night, go ahead. This week’s challenge is wood and you just might win!
    http://www.thecsiproject.com
    I am happy to share this with my readers! Glad I found you!

  26. [email protected] says:

    What a great project! We have some fencing materials stacked in our garage too- now the wheels are turning! I thank you, even if my husband won’t! 🙂

  27. Very nice and you have a way with words! Thanks for instructions and the fun reading!

  28. What a great table! You did a beautiful job. I loved reading this post. Megan

  29. Fabulous! My hubby and I have been talking about him making us a new dining table for outside and this is exactly what I had in mind… (sending it to him right now.)
    ~Jamie

  30. Looks awesome!!

  31. Marty the table is simply FABULOUS!!!! I’ll everything about it.. especially how low it is.. AWESOME!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality! Have a great day! 🙂

  32. Love, love this table. I’ve been wanting/needing some extra tables outdoors for plants to sit on and have been wondering what to do. We have a ton of extra wood laying around from varies projects. After seeing yours, now I know what to do.
    Thanks a million!! Just saved me $$ on purchasing new little tables.

  33. Great job, the table looks fantastic, very inspiring, thanks for sharing.

  34. Great job looks really sturdy and love the finish.

  35. I love this! I want my husband to make a dinner table like this!

  36. It’s great! You are doing a fantastic job with all these diy projects. Keep it up! Thank you for joining us at Cap Creations. Have a nice weekend.

  37. WOW. What a stunning piece! Thanks so much for sharing at this week’s BFF Open House.

  38. Fun project. I love ideas to make stuff from stuff you already have.

  39. Looks fantastic! I love the style.
    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

  40. Great job!! Liz

  41. Love this!! We took down a wood fence and have piles of pickets that we kept. I’ve used them for many projects – I think a table for my patio may be next. Thanks for sharing.

    Tammy

  42. This is fantastic!! We took down a wooden fence and have piles of wood pickets left over. I’ve used them for many projects – I think a small table for my patio will be next. Thanks for sharing.

    Tammy

  43. Aren’t husbands the best?! Mine just finished helping me on a huge project! Anyway, that table looks beautiful. Coming to you from the blog hop and I hope your weekend is getting off to a great start.

  44. That table is GORGEOUS! I love the farmhouse table look with the wood planks. Would love for you to share at the Pomp Party!

    http://jill-createcraftlove.blogspot.com/2012/06/pomp-party-24.html

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

  45. Awesome table, your hubby did a terrific job on the table. I love it. I love the rustic look. Thanks for sharing. I from the Saturday showcase. Hope you have a wonderful day.

  46. This is super awesome! It’s amazing the things that can be made out of stuff that people would normally throw away. Your husband did an awesome job on this. I’ve pinned it to my board “For the Home.”

    I’d love for you to share this on my new link party, Cooking and Crafts. http://www.jamscorner.com/2012/07/document.html

    Have a wonderful evening. 🙂

    Julie
    http://www.jamscorner.com

  47. Very nice table Tim and great tutorial. Marty must be so proud of you and you can be proud too. I am inspired to make my garden table/bench now.
    Will follow your blog for more inspirations.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  48. I love that you kept it simple instead of going for an “artsy” look. Wood is beautiful and needs no help to give us pleasure. Thank you for the inspiration – now – going to the neighbors to scrounge/reclaim some fence boards!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  49. We love the table Tim!! 🙂 It is just beautiful! I think we all want to place a table order with Tim! We appreciate you linking up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday! It was great having you and we hope you’ll be back next week!! -The Sisters

  50. This looks great, I think my husband’s to-do list just got longer. Thank you for sharing with us on Saturday Show and Tell. I hope you’ll join us again this week!
    -Mackenzie
    http://www.cheeriosandlattes.com

  51. JaneEllen says:

    I love all your featured projects, every last one. They are all so wonderful and real to use in your home, love how they look in your home.
    Wow I had to scroll down for quite a bit, so read some of the comments as I did. Don’t you love to have a handy inventive hubs? I do too. We don’t always agree on how something will/should look but I have to bite my tongue and hope for the best. We have several of my hubs projects in our home.
    We’re 2 seniors with very little/none disposable green stuff and that inspires us to make what we can from what we have. I like that better anyway. Last week we scored some pallets and now he’s looking at them when he sees them somewhere. He always used to say he couldn’t make anything from pallets. Uh huh?
    I had to subscribe to your blog, love it and all you do. I need to keep the old boy busy, good for him especially after he had a stroke 2 1/2 yrs. ago.
    When we lived in MT and he was trucking, he’d come home for 3 or 4 days maybe and be out in the pole shed cutting away for me. I’d sand, etc. after he left then, gave me something to do to keep me busy. So glad I found your blog thru Unexpected Elegance.

    • Hi, JaneEllen. Thanks so much for commenting on my blog Marty’s Musings. You and your husband sound like a good match! Don’t you feel wonderful when you save money AND have a great project? Have a wonderful week!
      Marty

  52. Stephanie says:

    The table is Great! Have a question, though. . . Since I started working on pallets, I have read that you have to be careful about the wood because it could be treated with toxic chemicals (since this wood is prepared for the outside). Do you think your table is safe?
    Stephanie

    • Hi, Stephanie. Since we don’t have any little ones in our house I don’t worry as much as maybe someone with little children. This table was actually made from fence posts that my husband diligently cleaned and prepared.

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