Yesterday I made a bench, but I needed a custom side table to pair up with my bench on the porch. The look I was going for was rustic and vintage yet maybe clean lined. It needed to tie in nicely with the bench. As it turned out, this little table came together just like I wanted it to, with very little effort or money spent.
Tomato Cage Side Table
round wood top
This is a close up of the supplies you can get at Lowe's
Start by cutting your tomato cage. I just started with the wire that sticks out at the top I removed them with my wire cutters. The wire was pretty thick you may need your hubby for this. (strong hands and arms LOL!)
Next I grabbed my wood top that I bought pre-cut at Lowe's for $7.13
and stained it I used Min-wax ebony which is the color that matched my bench I had done yesterday.
As you can see I just set the stained top on the tomato cage but it was more like a cocktail table size. I then needed to remove another circle to shorten it up. I removed it this time from the bottom so my wood top would fit and the bottom wouldn't be so wide.
Then I grabbed my bag of one hole ground wire straps. I bought these in the electrical department at Lowe's for $1.78 they contained 50 3/16 sized pieces. So I'll have leftovers for future projects.
I flipped the wood top over and stood the wire cage on my wood circle. I measured it this way I could get it centered. It was about 2.5" from the edges. Then I grabbed some screws and fastened one on the left and one on the right to make sure it would secure the top and it would not move.
See how I fastened the cage to the wood?
Here it is at the height that worked for me. 15" round and 24" tall pretty standard for a side table height.
Done and on my porch.
You can see how this table tied in nicely with my bench I made. Its clean and simple but works great. The size ended up perfect for the spot I wanted. This tomato cage side table was a simple inexpensive way to make an outdoor table. The total cost was only $14.49 and it took only one trip to Lowes to get everything!
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Published June 10th, 2018 2:22 PM
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