This post is not a typical blog post I would do, but I am excited we did this on our own. This started at the beginning of the Summer with the idea to buy a patio set. We learned when we first moved in that if you buy a quality product, you don’t have to replace things as often. So our goal, find a quality table that will sit at least 6 people, for under $200. We went to Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards trying to find a good deal, and no luck.
My husband mashed together the following ideas on Pinterest and decided to build his own table:
- Glow-in-the-Dark Table
- Fire Pit Table
- Wooden Spool Table
- Gas Fire Pit
- Burned Wood Look
He tried searching for a 5 ft to 6 ft wooden spool on craigslist and eventually put out an ad looking for one. He got a few responses from $10 to $100 for a wooden spool just laying around. We quickly found out that the 6 ft spool weighed over 500 lbs, so we were just in the market for 5 ft. After almost a month, we found a 5 ft wooden spool in newer condition. It fit perfectly in a full sized pickup and probably weighed a little more than 200 lbs. Once in a driveway, we began.
- 5 ft Wooden Spool ($20)
- 1-to-1 Ratio Clear Casting Epoxy Resin ($25)
- 1 qt Stain ($15). I personally used indoor stain because I liked the cherry color. Outdoor is recommended.
- 1 qt Gloss Outdoor Polyurethane ($15) optional but recommended
- 200 Grams of Glow-in-the-Dark Powder ($30). 100 grams per pint of resin. More is better!
- Paint/Stain brushes ($6)
- Low-Grit Sandpaper ($5). I chose low grit just to sand down any sharp points.
- Masking Tape ($8). Do not use painters tape as it is not sticky enough.
- Gas Fire Pit with Fire Glass ($40). I searched for a small gas fire pit online and came up pretty lucky on eBay. It was used and had a funny looking base. I removed that and only used the bowl and components. Used a small propane tank to regular tank adapter.
- New Propane Tank with Gas ($45)
- Hinges, Braces, and Lock ($15)
- All-thread Rods and Nuts ($20)
- High Strength Wood Glue ($5)
- High temp caulk ($4) optional but recommended
Total = $249 (you can definitely find the items for less, we had a lot of left over parts we didn’t use)
I will include the steps we followed (without the mistakes of trial and error we made):
- Power washed the spool
- Pounded down the nails on the top as we wanted this for a rustic look. We also took a few deep chips and chunks out to fill with the glow-in-the-dark powder.
- Tipped the spool upside down and cut the base with the dimensions of around 4 ft x 4 ft
- Tipped the spool on its side and loosen just the nuts. It is important not to remove them as the entire spool will fall apart.
- Tipped the spool back to its regular table top position and remove a few boards out of the middle. Remove enough boards to allow the propane tank to be inserted. We removed 4.
- Next, we very carefully removed each middle board separately and applied the wood glue to the bottom of the board and placed it back. The grooves in the spool held it together perfectly. We then used brackets in the middle which was overkill. We did make sure the glue dried for over 24 hours before continuing!
- After the glue dried, we measured how tall we wanted the table to be for sitting down and marked the center boards, removed the rods and nuts, removed the top, and cut the center boards.
- We then cut the 4 removed boards slightly shorter than the other boards to allow for the door to be created. We used brackets to hold the boards together in the round shape we wanted. After that we added the hinges and lock.
- With the top removed, measure and cut a hole for the fire pit dish in the center. Be careful not to cut too much off.
- Measured and cut the new all-thread rods. Make sure you leave the nuts on first to prevent cross threading. Also make sure there isn’t too much extra rod sticking out, as this can stick out the bottom too far.
- We chose to use a propane torch to burn the oak wood to pull out more of the wood grains.
- Sanded down the rough edges and apply stain. The indoor stain we used required a polyurethane coat as a sealant and a protectant. An outdoor stain-sealer will be a quick cheep alternative, or if you want to go the weather route, no stain at all.
- With the table top still off, put it on a level surface and apply masking tape to ALL the cracks, crevices, and edges. When applying the tape to the edges, make sure that you allow a small lip that will hold the epoxy resin.
- Find a dish to mix up resin. Follow the directions. Once mixed up, slowly add the 200 grams of glow-in-the-dark powder while mixing. Mix for a few minutes to assure no clumps are left.
- My favorite part is pouring the resin on the top. With the table top all leveled and taped, we begin pouring the resin around the entire top and the holes I made. After we are done, we put some rubber disposable gloves on and begin spreading and leveling out the resin.
- After the resin is applied, we immediately used the propane torch the get rid of are bubbles. Be careful not to over heat the resin. (let the resin sit for at least 24-hours to fully harden)
- Once hardened, we removed the tape and sanded down any rough areas.
- We then used some steel wool or fine sand paper to scuff up the resin, and then applied outdoor polyurethane. (this is important as the outdoor polyurethane protects from UV and outdoor damage)
- We then assembled the table by attaching the top to the base and tightening the rods.
- Once assembled, we placed the fire bowl on top of the hole and applied some flame retardant caulk. After that dried, we put some grout around it. (it was a personal preference to add the caulking as the gas fire doesn’t really get that hot)
- Finally, we through some fire glass in the pit, hooked up the tank, and lit it up.
The Result at night….A beautiful turquoise glowing table in the cracks and crevices that was accented by a beautiful fire.
This was an absolute unique project that definitely catches eyes! We did trim down the table a few inches as we initially miscalculated the height and the holes in the center fit an umbrella perfectly to keep the heat in!
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