This is the table. Metal legs and a fake wood top. To its credit, it was heavy.
Outdoor Work Table
I am new to the woodworking world. I don't yet have my basement set up as a workshop...and I don't imagine that is anywhere on my current to-do list. I do my projects in my back yard when it's sunny (or at least not raining). My tools are stored in my shed and for the past year, I've been using my old IKEA deck table. I no longer have that table and the extra table I did have was only 4' long and not really made for exterior use. To be frugal I decided to retro fit that little table with a workshop top. It will also double as a buffet table when we cook out.
I started by making a rectangle frame out of 2x4s. Using my trusty Kreg jig. I used the table as a guide to cut the studs. I wanted the frame to fit snugly over the table.
I had a sheet of 1/2" plywood cut to 36" x 72" for the top. I laid this on a flat surface- top side down.
Next, I placed the framed onto the top and set it exactly how I wanted it.
I screwed the frame to the top in two places on each side, going in with the screws at an angle.
While the top was upside down, I gave it a coat of deck sealer.
I also applied Rustoleum rust inhibitor to the metal supports under the table.
When all was dry, I placed the table, upside down, into the frame. Luckily, it fit perfectly. At this point, I turned it over and covered it with a tarp because it was going to rain!
Once the sun came out, I was back to work! Here it is with the final coat of deck sealer. Before painting on the sealer, I used my belt sander to smooth out the top and edges...but I wouldn't want to run my hand across it! After the deck sealer dried, you wouldn't believe the difference! All splinters are sealed in! And now the table is water repellant!
This one will serve a dual purpose... work table by day, and buffet table by night (with a tablecloth of course).