When we moved into our house, I discovered that the previous occupants had left an old door in the shed (along with a chum bucket, some dog toys, and an entire collection of broken ceramic frogs). It’s a nifty, weather-beaten old door, and just looking at it gave me the project itch. Yesterday I took advantage of the glorious weather and some Spring Break free time to turn the door into an outdoor table. (GET IT? outDOOR?)
Step One: Assemble Your Materials
I used scrap 2 by 4s from the attic and the old door was in the shed. I made a stable workstation by putting the door on saw horses, and gathered the tools I would use. This project required a circular saw, a power drill, wood screws, a tape measure, a pen, and some clamps.
Step Two: Cut Things!
This step was a little scary. It took me forever to figure out how to use the circular saw. Normally, I just press buttons and pull on levers until I can get something to work, but that’s not a strategy I care to use for devices with sharp spinning blades. I eventually figured out that I was putting the saw too close to the wood when I tried to start it, so the blades couldn’t spin properly. I spent a solid hour reading the circular saw manuals and watching YouTube videos about saws, and I eventually figured out what I was doing wrong on my own. Thanks for nothing internet!
I cut four 26″ legs, two long supports (didn’t measure), and two short supports (didn’t measure).
Step Three: Drill Things!
I attached the legs first, then the short supports, and then the long supports. The supports were held in place with clamps until I could secure them with the wood screws. I drilled pilot holes, and then put the wood screws in using a No. 2 Phillips bit.
Protip: Drill bits get hot! Don’t touch them immediately.
That was it. Table done. The legs are a bit too small, so the table is a bit wobbly. If you are buying wood for this project and not just using scraps, I would buy some sturdier pieces for the legs. I’m going to put the table up against the fence in my backyard and use it for gardening and entertaining.
Results: A Slightly Wobbly Table
Injuries: Mild Burn to One Finger (But no blood!)
Husband’s Reaction: “I have been utterly unmanned.”