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Rustic Repurposed Wood Coffee Table from Fence Boards

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Create a rustic repurposed wood coffee table from fence boards with these DIY instructions and step by step photographs. Perfect for a warm, inviting natural home!

A living room with a wooden floor

Rustic Repurposed Wood Coffee Table 

Written by my husband Tim:  

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 a window table similar to this one.  

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!

A wooden bench sitting on top of a hard wood floor

There were no plans – just getting from “a” to “c” with elbow-grease at “b”.  

A man standing on top of a wooden table, with Inviting Natural

I knew I just needed a simple box frame, slats with a lot of character for the top, and legs.  

A man cooking food on a table, with Wood and Fence

The rest was easy.  I cut all the pieces for the entire table, lightly sanded all the surfaces of each piece, and assembled, 

Table and Wood


some large furniture clamps, wood glue, and finish nails.

A wooden table

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.

A wooden table

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.  

A living room filled with furniture and vase of flowers on a wooden table

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.

A wooden table


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!

A wooden bench

An apple sitting on top of a wooden table

You can see more of our favorites in our 13 DIY rustic home decor projects including our own DIY window table and a fence board kitchen backsplash.

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  1. 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! 🙂

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

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