I have been longing for an outdoor dining table for years. Our home has a small patio off the basement entrance that (much like everywhere in our lovely fixer upper) has been in need of some TLC for years. This summer is the time to make that happen, and one of the major upgrades we've been waiting to do is to buy or make a table where we can eat dinner during the summer heat.
The challenge for this project, and the reason we'd been putting it off for so long, is that tables are pricey. Even building them yourself adds up quickly. Luckily, I am married to a man who is incredibly resourceful. He also happens to own a million tools and to collect building supplies because they may come in handy later.
We then painted the legs a lovely turquoise color (the paint was purchased using a gift card we received for returning some unused products to the hardware store) and Jason attached the pallet wood to the tabletop using a nail gun. He attached the legs to the table using barrel nuts (shown below). These particular barrel nuts are pretty awesome, because Jason made them himself. Don't ask me about the details, though he'd probably be happy to fill you in. All I know is that he made them. :)
He also made the table legs adjustable by adding a huge bolt to the bottom of each leg that can then be screwed in or out in order to level the table. The man's a genius, I tell you.
Jason stained the pallets with six or so coats of polyurethane (because that's how he rolls) and we enlisted the help of our neighbor to move the table down the scary, uneven rock steps to the patio. We've eaten on this table nearly every night since it was completed.