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Aug 06 2017 -
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A post on how I built a base for a barn door table for outdoor entertaining on our deck! Many times I’ve gone out to our old barn (my grandparents’ old wood working shop) and grabbed something and stashed it somewhere safe for a future project. This barn door was one of those stashes! At first, I had planned on building a base that included shelves, storage and castors for my workshop in the basement. But, the more I worked down there (now that its finally semi-complete!) the more I realized that this big old barn door was just too big for that space!

Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

Out in our garage I’ve been keeping an old dining room table with plans to refinish it for our deck but with the barn door table having nowhere else to go I guess that old table is just going to have to stay where it is for now. Also in our garage were two of my Grandpa’s old workshop benches that just ended up perfect out here. I still plan on bringing one of them into the house eventually but, for now, we need seating on our deck far more urgently!


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So when I got to designing the base I tackled my first two major pet peeves. I hate tables with legs out on the corners and I hate tables that are so short I can’t cross my legs when I’m sitting at them. Tables with legs at the corners literally trap anyone whose sitting at them and if you can’t sit comfortably (a lot of people cross their legs) what is even the point? So I took some measurements while sitting both on the benches and on our dining room chairs before I came up with the height I wanted my base to be by compensating for the depth of the top so I would end up with a table no taller then 32″.

Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

I had just enough 2x4s leftover from the little house remodel and I used 3″ outdoor decking screws with a star bit and my Dewalt impact driver for the construction. I took my measurements, cut all of my timber in the basement on my mitre saw and then assembled it out on our deck.

2 2x4s at 50″ (the long sides of the rectangle)
2 2x4s at 28″ (the short sides of the rectangle)
4 2x4s at 28″ (the legs)
2 2x4s at 41″ (the feet)
2 2x4s at 50″ (the center supports that run along the feet)


Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorialDo it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

(The majority of barn doors are built like this one where one side (the front) is “flat” made up of several boards (sometimes tongue and groove like this one) while the back has the supports, usually one near the top and one near the bottom with one long board at an angle across the whole thing. It was imperative that my rectangle hit along the top and bottom boards so I cut it to be just long enough to run along them so my screws would then go through the top barn boards, through the barn door’s support boards and then into my rectangle.)

Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

With the rectangle built I put the legs on the inside of the corners using several deck screws for each one (not unlike how I also built our grill station) then flipped it “right-side-up” before putting the barn door on top of it. We centered the rectangle the same distance around the barn door and I screwed down through the door into the rectangle – very sturdy. At this point I think some people would have called it done but I HATE wobbly tables and leaving just four legs like that gave me nightmares about them ripping off if anyone tried to drag the table anywhere. Nope, I wasn’t done yet, it was time to add some support and some “feet”.

Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorialDo it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

I made the feet the width of the table and went ahead and mitered the top of each side so it wouldn’t interfere with chairs as much etc. (It wasn’t necessary but I do like the way it looks) Using a tape measure I compared the top distance between the legs and made sure it was exactly the same along the bottom when I added the feet – this squared up the table and totally eliminated all wobbliness. I put the feet on the inside of the legs and then grabbed my last two boards to create the center support. The support boards just landed on top of the feet (also on the inside of the legs) and ran from leg to leg along the length of the table on either side. Another batch of screws and this base was all but done.


Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorialDo it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

First I tackled the barn door table top by sanding it down with medium grit sand paper and my Dewalt Orbital sander. I tried to leave as much patina as I could but, honestly, the door was rather nasty. From there I made a mix of 50/50 water and vinegar and scrubbed the whole top down. The vinegar darkened the bare wood that I revealed in sanding and created a little more cohesiveness. Then I did a coat of Minwax dark walnut stain on the base by brushing it on and then wiping it off after about twenty minutes.


Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial
Do it yourself how to I built my base for a big barn door table to create an outdoor eating area for entertaining on our deck, wood working tutorial

All done except the top needed a little protection which I added by putting on a heavy coat of poly acrylic. When we use it now I throw a clear plastic table cloth on top of it – it helps make the top a little more level for plates etc. I was worried after I added the last support boards across the bottom that people would find them annoying but everyone has agreed they like them because it makes a great foot rest and, otherwise, they’re “deep” enough into the center of the table that no one seems to notice or bump them with their feet.

And now we finally have a place to eat out on our deck at our barn door table! (It only took two years of living here to get there lol)

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28 Comments

  1. August 7, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    Great table!

  2. August 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    WOW! Absolutely perfect; turned out beautifully.

    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  3. Gentle Joy Homemaker
    August 8, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    What a great table! I love the picture of your deck, w/ the table, and the barn in the background. Very nice. 🙂

  4. Jann Olson
    August 11, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Oh, I love this Tara! The barn door is awesome and it’s great how you gave it new life! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  5. August 11, 2017 at 11:04 am

    THis looks GREAT! It’s so much better than a traditional picnic table. Would love to have you share at Reader Tip tuesday: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/08/reader-tip-tuesday-food-craft-party/
    It’s open all week & growing. Hope to see your bard door turned table find at the party 🙂

  6. August 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    I love your tutorial and how your table turned out Tarah. Nothing bugs me more than sitting at a table with a whole bunch of friends and I can’t cross my legs because they keep bumping up against the table’s legs. How on earth can you get comfortable like that 😉 Your idea is so much better and it looks like the perfect spot to enjoy a few beers with some friends and talk about life

    • August 11, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks so much Michelle! Yup I’ve probably been way too annoyed with tables in the past lol but, goodness, if you can’t sit comfortably then whats the point!?

  7. August 12, 2017 at 12:35 am

    Such a beautiful table. Definitely think this was a better use than what you originally intended. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  8. August 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    This is really fun and I’d love to have one! I’m kind of sad now that we left an old barn door behind at our old house because of weight restrictions in the moving van. I’ve popped in today from Sundays at Home 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  9. August 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    This is fabulous, Tarah! It definitely looks like an approachable project that anyone can make and who doesn’t love that! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

    • August 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Hi Angie, thank you! Yup this would definitely be a great way to start building things, the base is simple but it works great!

  10. August 13, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Wow, Tarahlynn, this is a beauty! Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story.

  11. August 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    That looks great, I am loving the style of base you did for it.

  12. kristin howard
    August 19, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I love what you did! Wherever did you find those perfect benches?

    • August 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Being in my Grandparents’ house means I got a lot inherited to me including those fabulous benches! Thanks so much for coming by!

  13. August 20, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Great table for a farm and for a great cookout with friends. The old barn door makes a beautiful tabletop. I found your blog through A Bouquet of Talent where this was one of the most viewed posts. I can see why!

    • August 21, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you Susan for commenting and coming by!

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