How to make a simple and cheap table out of wood.
First find a source of hardwood pallets. Hey, if you can find another source of free wood or at least cheap wood, good for you. But hardwood is really expensive, and pallets are free. Pine can also work, fir doesn't work well, it's too rough and warps.
Beer and wine distributors seem to be an excellent source of free wood. Sometimes the big box stores also have some.
Be create, sometimes nice hardwood is just thrown away.
The finished table will look something like this.
I ran the wood through a power planner. You could clean up the better side with either a sander or a plane.
If you can find discards that were stabled together you can usually get the staples out with a pair of needle nosed pliers.
Clean new wood is best, but older hardwood with smooth wood will work.
The nails are almost impossible to remove. So do yourself a favor and cut off the edges with a saw so you only have the two center nails to remove. They may still take a a few minutes each to get off. Most of the work involved in this project is getting those nails out without turning all the wood into tooth picks.
If you want the table to look fair or even decent, , everything needs to be connected from the bottom.
The table slats get one or two screws each. There should be no screws through the table top. This is the underside end.
This is how you clip the top to the side runners to the top.
It's kind of funny that this table is now 10 years old, used every day and is still soild and level enough to put a puzzle together on.
The underside corner.
Outside corner of the table. Remember the glue. Regular old white glue will do. Furniture white glue is a little better.