Thanks to Crates and Pallet for sponsoring today’s outdoor table post & giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Friends, I have been having a blast this summer sprucing up our outdoor space with projects like our rose garden, patio makeover, wooden planter stand, and more. The most recent thing I created for our deck is this useful DIY Outdoor Table made from crates! It is seriously SO easy to do…even if you’ve never built anything before, this is a great beginner level project to try. All you need are two crates and some plywood, and you can build it in less than an hour! Here’s how to create your own.
2 Large Unfinished Crates
RYOBI ONE+ 18V Corner Cat Sander
RYOBI ONE+ 18V AirStrike Brad Nailer
Preparing your wood
First, measure and cut your plywood.
For the top of the table, you’ll need a piece that is roughly 12.75″ x 19.5.”
Each of the two shelves should measure approximately 11.75″ x 9.25.”
If you’re new to DIY projects like this one and don’t have the tools or confidence to cut it yourself, you can get it cut in your local Home Depot store.
Next, sand all wooden surfaces.
You can do this by hand, of course, but I love to use the RYOBI ONE+ 18V Corner Cat Sander. It’s cordless, light, and easy to use on any kind of project.
Assembling your table
Start by standing your crates up vertically and placing them back to back with the open sides facing out. Then, nail them together.
Make sure you sit your crates on a flat surface for this step. I used my AirStrike Brad Nailer for this, but you can also use a traditional hammer and nails.
Next, place your large piece of plywood on top and nail it in place.
You should have just the slightest bit of overhang on all four sides. Once again, I used my AirStrike, which is quick and convenient.
This is how the table will look when the base and top are assembled. If you like, you can keep it this way for storing large or tall items, like a bag of charcoal. Or, if you prefer to have a closed in table, just face the crates the other way so that the open parts are facing the inside.
Finally, place your shelves wherever you’d like them to go and nail them in place from the sides.
I placed mine about 8″ from the top of the table, but you can put them as high or low as you like depending on how you plan to use them. You can also vary the height of the shelf on each side or add additional shelves…it’s totally up to you! That’s one of the best things about building your own furniture; you get to create it exactly the way you want it!
Once your shelves are in place, your table is ready to paint, stain, and/or seal!
I sealed mine with Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Penetrating Timber Oil, which stains and waterproofs it at the same time. I’ll be sharing all about that process in part two of this post tomorrow! Once you’ve applied the stain or paint of your choice, your table is ready to use.
Using your table
Hubby likes to use ours as a prep station when he’s grilling dinner. The shelves are great for holding rolls, condiments, paper towels, and more, while the top is perfect for plates and grill tools.
Personally, I like using it for entertaining, like when my neighbor Lisa and I get together for some girl time on summer evenings while our kiddos play outside.
During Home Depot’s Summer Storage event July 7th – August 24th, the Crates and Pallet large crates I used for this project will be available as a special buy in ALL stores as well as online! Additionally, all multi-pack crate items on the Home Depot website will be on sale. Take advantage of the discount and grab your supplies so you can make a table too!
Plus, if you’re feeling lucky, enter to win a $50 Gift Card to Home Depot! The Rafflecopter widget below will walk you through the process; good luck!
For more Summer Storage inspiration featuring crates, check out these blogs!
- House of Wood
- That’s My Letter
- Sawdust 2 Stitches
- Damask Love
- At Home with Natalie