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DIY Scrap Wood Rustic Table

May 25, 2017

What can you do with a pile of old scrap lumber? Make rustic tables suitable for indoor or outdoor decor. This table is 24 inches wide by 36 inches long and stands slightly below 18 inches. Perfect for a coffee table, but the dimensions of this design can easily be changed for taller or smaller tables to use as end tables, side tables or art tables.

We are always on the lookout for old weathered wood. Through word of mouth we have been able to obtain wood from old fences, sheds and even barns. Most of the wood is gray from years of exposure to the elements, but occasionally we get a pile that has been painted. The wood I used in this project was from an old fence and had green peeling paint. Any wood can be used for this table, although the softness of pine and cedar allows for easier cutting and construction with screws.

Things You Will Need:

  • Scrap wood, 3/4-inch-thick by 8 inches wide
  • Measuring tape
  • Table saw, jigsaw and/or miter (chop) saw
  • Drill and 1/16-inch drill bit
  • 1 5/8-inch wood screws
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush

Step 1
Cut four legs 3 inches wide by 17 inches long, two frame pieces 3 inches wide by 20 1/2 inches long for the width of the table, two frame pieces 3 inches wide by 34 inches long for the length of the table and 3 pieces 8 inches wide by 36 inches long for the tabletop.

Step 2
Stand each of the frame boards on one long edge. Form the frame. Place the longest boards parallel to each other and running horizontally. Separate the boards and place the shorter frame boards parallel to each other and running vertically in the space between the long boards. Match up the ends of the boards to form a rectangular frame.

Step 3
On each of the corners, drill two pilot holes through the long, outer board and into the cut end of the shorter, inside board. Insert a 1 5/8-inch wood screw in each of the holes and attach.

Step 4
Stand each of the legs inside the frame at each corner. I chose to have the 3-inch width of the legs against the long sides of the frame. Drill two pilot holes through each of the legs and into the frame. Insert screws in each of the holes and attach.

Step 5
Stand the table right side up. Lay the tabletop boards on the frame and position with an even amount hanging over the frame all the way around the table. Drill pilot holes through the tabletop boards and into the frame. Insert screws and attach.

Step 6
Choose a paint color for your table. I used a cream wall paint I picked up at a yard sale. The table is painted using a dry brush technique. Dip the paintbrush in the paint and paint off the bulk of the paint on a paper plate or old newspaper. Lightly brush the paint over the table’s surface. Add additional strokes of paint until the surface has the desired coverage. Note: Apply all paint strokes in the same direction.


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  1. That’s just soooo cute and I love the tutorial Cyndee. So much easier to put together than some of the others I’ve seen. Thanks so much

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