Here I have made a beakfast table bench for a mate that has a small balcony. I have just ran the top of table off the fixed wall/fence and installed 2 legs.
This was a fun project as there were a few things I have done different here that I haven't done before and worked out nice. One of them is the legs, Instead of doing plain square ones, I wanted to make them go fat to thin, then I some how thought of putting a 30degree shamfer on the edges with a circular saw.
Another was the actual stain itself, I originally stained the whole this dark brown but I'm glad my mate wanted to change it to a more rustic light look so I got the belt sander out and went to town. As my stain was my Vinager & Steel Wool method, after I sanded parts back, the clear coat varnish had reacted nicely to give this final product the look.
This is fantastic @LePallet, many thanks for sharing. I'm sure community members will be inspired by what you have created. Your mate is very lucky!
as you can see here, after I realised the stain was just to dark , my aim was to sand back as best I can, once I for the whole top looking like the border i applied a clear Coat of Cabothane Clear Varnish, it gave me the finish that it did. I had no idea what it was going to turn out like
Hey @LePallet love the table mate but I especially love the top it looks mint man well done.
That was great serendipity with the finish mate, I am going to give that a go, I love using a vinegar/tea/steel wool stain, now I know to sand it back and clear varnish it.
Be careful what you wish for, I use both a thicknesser and a table saw in my pallet wood projects (I am currently lining my "rustic garden shed" with it - but you have to be really careful of nails and grit otherwise your blades don't last long.
I have developed a process of skimming the surface off the face of the pallet with a nail resistance saw blade in the table saw before putting it through the thicknesser - that has minimised the risk but not entirely eliminated it - those blasted bits of steel wire off the nails get lodged just below the surface sometimes and are quite hard to see - I use a magnet as a final check.
You can do a heck of a lot with just a belt sander, it's just a bit more work.
PS: Did you use a plywood substrate to attach the pallet wood on the table top?
PPS: Your mate is lucky!
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