I was designing a outdoor table as a present but couldn’t locate the Merbau fence panel we’d wanted to use as the table top.
So whilst searching for other suitable Merbau boards to use we came across H4 sienna pine sleepers 200 x 50 x 1800 the perfect size for our table top. It’s rich red colour and rough rustic look was the clincher.
We selected the 4 straightest boards we could and set them aside for a week to dry out and acclimatise in situ.
Added in two palings to act as bracing for what would a very heavy tabletop.Chose our legs
Picked up our fasteners and we were ready to go.
To start off the build we laid out our boards picking the faces and orientations we liked the best, numbered and marked them all, and got set for plenty of sanding. You can really see the difference in the finish between the rough sawn sleepers and how nice they come up once sanded to 80 and then 120 grit.
With plenty of measuring, pre-drilling, spacing and clamping we finally had our top complete.
Some more measuring pre-drilling, some very heavy lifting and plenty of hammering we had our legs on as well.
Some cinching up of washers n nuts from
underneath and a final sand of the top sides and rounding over edges….. It was done.
Time to complete was around 4-5 hours for two taking it easy with plenty of breaks.
Costings are always of interest, and were as follows:
4 x sleepers @ $15.31ea = $61.24
2 x legs @ $49.00 ea = $98.00
8g 50mm outdoor timber screws = $5.40
8 x 1/4” x 2 1/2” bolts, washers and nuts @ $0.56 each = $4.48
1/3 sheet sander, sanding block and sand paper were on hand.
TOTAL = $169.12 ($161.93 PowerPass)
Hope you like our new table!
Fire away with any questions or comments!
That's absolutely wonderful @ogosh! Although I like those Merbau panels, I think you went the correct route with these Sienna MicroPro slabs instead. You've achieved a fantastic result with them. I really love how solid it appears.
The table looks fabulous as is, but would you consider coating it at all? I'd be a bit hesitant to change it.
Many thanks for sharing, as I trust your project will inspire many of our members to replicate it. I know I'm already contemplating building one for myself.
Great job @ogosh!
I really like how you got inventive when you couldn't find what you originally wanted.
Are you going to make matching benches or seats?
What a fantastic looking outdoor table. Those sleepers look amazing, I didn't know they could look so good when finished properly. It looks so strong and sturdy. Will you be making matching seats for this table as @KatieC mentioned? I reckon it would look gorgeous if you used the same material for the seats. I suggest using Rapid Mesh Furniture Legs so it matches your beautiful table.
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful outdoor table project.
With some of the stock shortages at present you gotta be a bit creative.
Probably going to scour gumtree or FB marketplace for some matching black tolix metal chairs.
Strong and sturdy is an understatement hehe. They’re really heavy too.
I like those furniture legs too, they’ll certainly make an appearance in some side tables etc and perhaps a matching plant stand for the deck. But we’ll be going black metal Tolix chairs to match the table legs.
This is fantastic. I would love to do something like this myself. Thanks for sharing.
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It's fantastic that this project has inspired you to build your own outdoor table. Did you have a particular size in mind? Will you be using the same materials? If you have any questions we can help out with, please don't hesitate to post them.
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This is amazing! How many chairs do you think will fit around the table?
Thank you. Overall dimensions are 1800x 820 so could fit 8 chairs. 3 each side and one on each end. The sleepers also come in 2.4 and 3m lengths too, so depending on you overhangs you could do 10 or 12 seater options quite easily.